September 27, 2000
“Let your words be few.” (Ecclesiastes 5: 2)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
One of the most important, yet most difficult, lessons that we believers must learn is to control our tongues. For those of us who have a tendency to talk more than others, this lesson is especially difficult. Indeed, the Bible says that in the multitude of words, sin is not lacking (Proverbs 10: 19).
The Book of James tells us that no man can tame the tongue (James 3: 8). What are we to do then? We are to surrender our tongues to the Lordship of the Holy Spirit–not only day by day, but also moment by moment. As we do, He will tell us when to speak and when not to speak, what to say and what not to say.
As one who has struggled in this area, I’d like to suggest a helpful practice. Just as you fast from food, try fasting from words. In other words, practice being silent for extended periods of time. Just as fasting from food helps you subdue your physical appetite, so does fasting from words help you subdue an unruly tongue.
As you rely on our Lord to live His life through you, you will find that from the opening of your mouth shall come right things (Proverbs 8: 6).
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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