Silence can indeed be louder than words. Silence, when we manage to muster it, does carry a lot of weight. However, you will agree with me that even though it apparently requires less energy to keep silent, it seems to be more difficult to do. The easier tendency is to blot out words, however they are. Unfortunately, words let out cannot be taken back. At best, you can only apologize or in humility admit your fault and wrong use of words.
Below is a beautiful piece written by an unknown author and making rounds on whatsapp. Based on biblical verses, it highlights the many moments we need to be silent. It carries so much wisdom that it would make you think.
- Be silent in the heat of anger – (Prov 14:17)
- Be silent when you don’t have all the facts – (Prov 18:13)
- Be silent when you haven’t verified the story – (Deut 17:6)
- Be silent if your words will offend a weaker person – (1 Cor 8:11)
- Be silent when it is time to listen – (Prov 13:1)
- Be silent when you are tempted to make light of holy things – (Eccl 5:2)
- Be silent when you are tempted to joke about sin – (Prov 14:9)
- Be silent if you would be ashamed of your words later – (Prov 8:8)
- Be silent if your words would convey the wrong impression – (Prov 17:27)
- Be silent if the issue is none of your business – (Prov 14:10)
- Be silent when you are tempted to tell an outright lie – (Prov 4:24)
- Be silent if your words will damage someone else’s reputation – (Pro 16:27)
- Be silent if your words will damage a friendship – (Prov 16:28)
- Be silent when you are feeling critical – (James 3:9)
- Be silent if you can’t say it without screaming it – (Prov 25:28)
- Be silent if your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your friends and family – (1 Pt 2:21-23)
- Be silent if you may have to eat your words later – (Prov 18:21)
- Be silent if you have already said it more than one time – (Prov 19:13)
- Be silent when you are tempted to flatter a wicked person – (Prov 24:24)
- Be silent when you are supposed to be working instead – (Prov 14:23)
“Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles” – (Prov 21:23).
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10).
How so often we speak just “for speaking sake”. Yet we know that “Silence is Golden!”
Silence has several benefits: avoid regrets; lend your voice to those who appreciate it most; it’s no evidence against you; helps in reflection and meditation; and puts you at a level higher than your detractors.
Silence is indeed Golden!
- Linda Ellah