From Jon Courson's Devotional
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
President Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge was asked why he spoke so little. “I never have regretted anything I didn’t say,” he answered. How true. We often regret what we do say, but rarely what we don’t say. That is why James said it is better to be a listener than a talker (verse 1:19).
It would do us well first to think about what we’re about to say . . .
T is it truthful?
H is it helpful?
I is it inspiring?
N is it needful?
K is it kind?
If what you’re speaking is all of those things, go ahead and speak. Otherwise, keep quiet.