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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

2 Kings 9:14–10:31
Acts 17:1-34
Psalm 144:1-15
Proverbs 17:27-28

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Proverbs 17:27-28 (CSB): “The one who has knowledge restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a person of understanding. Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent — discerning, when he seals his lips.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

OK. I’ll have to admit that when I read the final verses found in Today’s Bible Reading, my mind was immediately drawn to a 1960’s single, performed by Joe Jones. The fun song is titled: “You Talk Too Much.” Simply click “play” to listen to the song.

It can be utterly boring for a group of people to gather together but not talk. The silence can be painful. God made us for relationship and part of relationship involves talking.

In fact, some people have been given the ability to say things (or to say things in certain ways) that keep everyone else laughing. I personally love to be in the presence of those folks.

But, that being said, the general rule found in Proverbs still applies. It is very beneficial for us to have times when we simply listen.

Proverbs 17:27-28 (CSB): “The one who has knowledge restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a person of understanding. Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent — discerning, when he seals his lips.”

A few thousand years later, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) said:

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We typically think that we must say things to impress others. We are afraid that if we keep quiet, then others will think we are dumb or uninteresting.

But, the truth is that it is better for us to actively listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth and it would seem that He wants us to listen twice as much as we talk.

Conclusion

Folks, people all around us are battling with inner pain. Some folks are desperately lonely. Others have been horribly abused. Others are weary from anxiety over serious family problems, financial problems, work problems, or any number of other problems. Some are convinced that their lives don’t matter and that others wouldn’t miss them if they died today.

On and on we could go with the private heartaches that so many people around us are struggling with.

While some people need to find a qualified pastor or counselor to help them get to a better emotional place, it seems that most people could almost immediately experience some degree of healing if someone would simply listen to them. They just need someone to give them their undivided attention and simply listen, speaking brief words of instruction and grace only periodically.

Friend, decide to be a blessing to those around you. Listen more than you talk. They need you to do this.

Besides, listening more than you talk may actually cause them to think that you aren’t as dumb as they thought you were. 🙂