Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster. Proverbs 10:14
It can be embarrassing when the right words do not come to us. Sometimes when the wrong words come to us is difficult to hold them back. Addiction tends to inflate our vocabulary, and force us to say things that are inappropriate.Many of us need to learn to control our tongue, and speak less.
Proverbs 10:19 (LB) says “Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow!” The problem is when we should speak up, some of us don’t.
Learning the art of when to speak and when to be silent is a lifetime process. Self-control involves restraint. We can avoid foolish mistakes by allowing God to teach us it [restraint] Learning it can curb outbursts of giving someone ‘a piece of our minds.’ and robbing us of our ‘peace of mind.’
Speaking the truth with conviction is impressive. What we say reveals who we are. Taming our tongues requires divine assistance.