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Nov 16 2015

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Proverbs 17:28: The Power of Silence

Proverbs 17:28

““Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.” Proverbs‬ ‭17:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Last week, I wrote about pausing before reacting. Proverbs 17:28 is a good match to last week's verse. Keeping silent takes incredible amounts of self control especially when we are not in the habit of thinking before letting the words flow. But, if we are wise, we will think first. If we are not wise, choosing silence is the next best choice.

5 Awesome Results of Being Silent

  1. You gain a positive reputation simply by not revealing your own foolishness. (Have you ever put your foot in your mouth? Silence is a powerful anti-foot-in-mouth remedy.)
  2. You get an opportunity to learn. Your silence puts you in the position to learn. Learn by observing and listening to others. Active listening helps you gain an understanding of the people around you.
  3. You get an opportunity to weigh your words. Silence gives you the chance to decide if your words are worth being said.
  4. You give others the opportunity to be valued by listening. Silence is one half of being a good listener. If you are talking, you aren't listening. Good listening communicates value for another's thoughts.
  5. You get asked. Being silent gives others the opportunity to ask you for your thoughts. In good communication, there is a give and take.

I don't find it easy to be silent, but I want to learn and grow in this area. I want to weigh my words. I want to show value to others. I want communicate in healthy ways. Don't you? Try silence.

 

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