So often we feel that we must discuss everything that is on our hearts or on our minds. We don’t have to! Everything doesn’t need to be talked about. Our minds often go a mile a minute and that’s okay but we shouldn’t feel obligated to discuss every thought. When we are sitting in a room with another person and it is quiet, we shouldn’t feel obligated to start a conversation. Empty words are fillers and can be destructive.
It is perfectly fine to sit in silence sometimes. It is perfectly okay to have thoughts and not to share them with the first person who will listen. Venting, conversing and pouring out your heart is one thing- I’m not speaking against that. I’m specifically speaking about when we honestly have nothing to say but force ourselves to start a conversation. These empty words can lead to gossip, saying things that we don’t mean and at that point we’re simply not being a good steward over our mouths and over our words.
Here are some scriptures about our words:
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,Matthew 12:36
When words are many, transgression (sin) is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent (wise/smart). Proverbs 10:19
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. Ephesians 4:29
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13
The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him. Ecclesiastes 10:12
Do you find yourself wasting words and/or filling the air with empty words?
Does your overflow of words often lead to arguments, gossip, hurt?
**Everything doesn’t need to be talked about**