In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. –Proverbs 10:19.
We all need to learn how to establish and maintain boundaries with our words. Proverbs 10:19 states that In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. In other words, people who talk a lot will often find themselves in trouble.
Because our words carry so much power, you and I need to learn to say just what needs to be said. I like to call it “talking net.” When we get paid, most of us get a net paycheck–everything that needs to take out has already been removed from the gross.
We can apply this same principle to our speech.
You should remove certain types of words from your speech before they ever come out of your mouth. These included negative statements, gossip, insincere flattery, sarcasm and coarse jesting, or being funny in a rude way. Instead, choose to speak well of others, finding and focusing on good qualities in them. They will be appreciative and encouraged, and you won’t find yourself in trouble!
From the book “Promises for our everyday lives”