In the past week, I have shared two posts relating to this concept of walking in silence. Just a reminder, this discipline is not wearing a mask and pretending to be fine when you are not.
Walking in silence is a spiritual discipline, I feel, learned in the face of adversity. We learn to walk through fiery trials and walk in silence. We learn to rely on God, and not to use many words to sum up the trials we face.
Today, I wanted to share specific Scriptures relating to the struggle we face to use our many words as a coping mechanism for the trials we face. The Bible is our guide for everyday life, and trials are no different. God has a specific word for us, if we will learn to listen…
The Book of Proverbs
In the book of Proverbs, we learn a great deal about words and communication. Solomon was very wise. When asked by God what is the gift he would like, Solomon requested wisdom – which is what he received. Wisdom that surpass any other kind of wisdom found on earth. Let’s glean from his God-given wisdom, shall we?
- “Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life. Don’t bend the truth or say things that you know are not right (4:23-24).”
- “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits (18:21).”
- “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit (15:4).”
- “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent (10:19).”
- “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones (14:30).”
- “It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home (25:24).”
What kind of words are we speaking to those around us? Is there evidence of self-restraint and wisdom in our words? How have we noticed how ill-words have affected our spirits?
Quality of Our Words
In our communication with others, there has to be that desire to change the way we think, speak, and endure our trials. When I “walk in silence,” I am self-controlled. I am less of a complainer to others, which helps me to not misplace my focus. All I know is Scripture talks a lot about communication and giving thought to the words we speak.
It is not good for us to become people without a filter.
We need to allow God’s Word to be our filter through which we speak.
The goal for me is to eliminate bitterness from not just my speech, but my heart.
In the way you speak, what are some of your goals?
What’s the Big Deal?
Walking in silence can be summed up by thinking and praying before I speak… Walking in silence is choosing to have a filter through which I speak.
When I walk in silence, I am far less likely to find myself trapped in sin that comes from complaining or a bitter spirit. I am still real about my struggles, just cautious of where my spirit can drag me if I am not discerning.
Until next time…