Practice Restraint

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. (Prov. 10:19)

I love the rare opportunities when I can take my grandchildren on a one on one date. One day my 6-year-old granddaughter chatted away. More than once she stopped and said, “I sink I tawk too much.” I just loved to listen to her chatter. If you knew me and my husband it would be no surprise which side of the family she got that from.

…whoever restrains his lips is prudent. The older I get, the more aware I am that sometimes restraint is the best option but restraint can be difficult. Our very nature resists restraint. Somehow the pride of our hearts is compelled to let others know what we think.

It wasn’t too long into being married that I learned not every silly little thing that popped into my head had to come out my mouth.

The truth is, some things are better left unsaid.

Are my words hurtful? Unkind? Unnecessary? Profitable? Encouraging? Edifying? God-glorifying? Do they bring healing? Are they me-centered or other-centered? Filter your words through God’s grid.

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)

Be blessed today. When you lay your head upon your pillow tonight may you not regret a single word you spoke today.

Blessings, Diane

Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.

iProverbs 10:19
iiPsalm 141:3

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