Sin and words. Hmmm. Seems antithetical to what we are doing here today. Maybe I ought to keep this short. I believe the caution here is about talking so much you trip yourself up in your words, or that too free an tongue will spill out the contents of a wicked heart. Man’s heart is desperately wicked (Jer 17) and we ought to keep a tight rein on it. Someone who is given to words can slip and let evil words, biting words, too many words cause pain in others.

And there are occasions when talking is the wrong thing to do, like in the midst of profound loss and grief. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent. I think preachers, perhaps more than anyone else, know what it means to put our foot in our mouths. We make gaffes with the best of them, because we don’t know what to say. But let wisdom speak here. If you don’t know what to say, don’t speak at all. Sometimes your presence is all that’s needed.

I encourage you to be prudent in your speech today. As one wise Man once said, let your yes be yes and your no be no. Mean what you say, but don’t be mean in what you say.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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