As the sweet one slept, I took time in the silence to ponder just that: silence.
There are many cautions in the Bible for one to be silent- to watch the running of the tongue. One example is Proverbs 21:23, ” Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps out of trouble.”
We have all heard the saying, “If you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all.” It is true that a lot can be prevented by not running your mouth with negativities.
Sometimes there are moments in life where you really can’t find anything to say- maybe a friend is going through a hard time or there was a death, and the best thing you can do is just sit near them in silence, and the comfort is just having you near.
I feel however that silence is not always golden. To me there are 2 cases:
The first case in which silence is not golden is when a person really pours their heart out, or shares something they are really excited about- only to have the person they are sharing to not even acknowledge that they were heard. There have been several times where I have experienced this- a positive outpouring of my heart only to have the person I am trying to converse with not even acknowledge I was even heard. In cases like this silence can hurt.
Ephesians 4:29 writes, “29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Even if you don’t agree with what a person is sharing with you, finding words to encourage or build up can be beneficial.
The second case which I feel silence is bad is when a person chooses not to praise. I feel when God does marvelous things that those things should be told about, His glory should be shared, He should be recognized. When we choose to not even acknowledge or say thank you to our God it give Him credit that He is hurt. Praise praise praise as encouraged in Psalms!
To me the bottom line is I feel it is important to jot run the mouth, to choose words wisely- but to also speak when good has happened. Let the good be heard and let a resting tongue stop the bad.
Lets use our tongues to speak life so that we may experience life as in Proverbs 18 and 15
Proverbs 18: 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
4 A gentle[a] tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Let’s grow trees of life!