Verse 19: “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”
Often the fewest words are the best. Sometimes it’s that final statement that does so much damage. A mouthful of moderate words can be overshadowed by just a few. Like salt, a little goes a long way. Just a little bit of salt can add flavor to your food, but just a tad bit more than is appropriate will ruin it. When adding salt to our food, we are very careful not to cross that line. Words are like salt. A little goes a long way. I wish we were as careful when adding words to a conversation as we are when we pour salt on our food. We are less concerned about when words can add flavor to a conversation or when they cross the line and ruin it. Less is often better.
Many of us are like those salt shakers that have their lids just sitting on top instead of having them screwed on securely. We are ready at any moment to ruin the meal. If we are good salt shakers we will have a slow and easy application with limited output. We must know that a little goes a long way. We should be aware like today’s “gold nugget” says, “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” A few careful words will add life and seasoning, while a random tongue will destroy.
Lord, help us to do more with less. Help us to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Give us words of wisdom to replace the gab of foolishness. Amen
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