Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV) For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
Have you ever hung up the phone or left a conversation and felt like you said too much? Have you ever wished you could take back something you said? We often learn the hard way that words can cause pain and create problems.
One way to refine your use of words is by at different times practicing the discipline of silence. Yes just listening and not talking as much with people.
Take a day to monitor your conversations. Spend some time in silence to reflect on how you have used and abused words. Do you use words to rationalize, lie, deceive, exaggerate, or manipulate?
In silence you’ll remember the words you spoke quickly in anger and slowly in apology, arrogantly in accusation and humbly in confession. In silence you’ll begin to hear and you will begin to experience the Lord’s renewal of strength (I Peter 2:15). Then you can begin to make changes where necessary.
Point to ponder- People recovering from heart attacks are often counseled to bring quiet into their lives by speaking less often and more slowly when they do speak. Such discipline has been proven to reduce stress and ease tension. And most importantly it can help you use your words in ways that encourage others and please God.
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.