Are you quiet? Or are you one to talk a lot?
There have been countless times I gained friendships because I took the time to listen to a person in a conversation instead of trying to impress them.
I even found that when I was shooting off my mouth more frequently, it became harder to keep from gossiping, telling the truth, and speaking kindly.
Perhaps this is what Proverbs is referring to in chapter ten, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise” (Prov. 10:19 NIV).
Not only was the temptation to sin gone when I would cut back my speech, I noticed I started caring more and learning a great deal about the person with whom I was speaking. People also typically respond well when they find someone genuinely listening to them.
So when words are not necessary, be quiet. You might learn a lot, whether it be with a stranger, your teacher, your boss, or even God.
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