Me and my big mouth! How many of us have lamented that statement before? Most of us have all experienced much hot water because of our untamed tongue. The Bible has a few things to say about this issue. In fact, scripture is downright humbling when it comes to holding our tongues. We are told in Proverbs 29:20 “There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking”! We’ve all done it a time or two. You hear something that just doesn’t sit right with you and then, phew, out comes exactly what is rolling around in your head. This has also become a more vast problem with the world of Facebook and Twitter. There’s a little word we find quite often in scripture and it is “Selah”. You’ve probably passed right over it many times. This word means “to pause and think about this for a moment”. We most often think this means not to read along so quickly that you don’t stop to think about what you just read. But we could apply this to listening as well. When you hear something that is unsettling to you, pause to consider it before allowing your first thought to roll past your lips. You may discover that that space of just a few seconds or minutes can prevent much regret. So…Selah!
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 (NLT)
28 Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent. Proverbs 17:28 (NLT)
20 There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking. Proverbs 29:20 (NLT)