This entry is part 34 of 35 in the series Devotionals
The Word of God is filled with scripture that warns us against talking too much or being overly talkative. In fact, the Bible says that a fool can be recognized by his (or her) many words. Ecclesiastes 5:3 says, “…too many words make you a fool.” In other words, a fool ‘multiplies’ his (or her) words.

Those who feel compelled to give utterance to every thought in their heads usually end up in trouble. Proverbs 17:28 BSB says, “Even a fool is considered wise if he keeps silent, and discerning when he holds his tongue.”

A wise person will refuse to talk too much. A wise person fears the Lord, listens to the Lord, and obeys the Lord. Restraining our lips is an indication of wisdom and humility. Talkative people often do not take the time between their many words to choose their words carefully.

Christ followers should be aware that talking too much is harmful to our witness in the world. James reminds us, “If anyone among you thinks he (or she) is religious, and does not bridle his (or her) tongue but deceives his (or her) own heart, this one’s religion is useless” (James 1:26).

Are you talking too much? You have to decide. Everyone should be quick to listen, but every Christ follower should be slow to speak. Remember, you will be the one to give an account to the Lord for the many words that you speak. Let us pray: “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3). May we all purpose in our hearts to stop talking so much.

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