The Deal-Talking Loud, Saying Nothing

From Jon Courson's Devotional

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 13:3


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.



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