When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise. ~Proverbs 10:19 HCSB
However, it is true that more spoken words likely leads to words that displease God. Wisdom, according to Proverbs 10:19, is found not in silence, but in the ability to control what you say.
Consider a few other passages of scripture that address the words proceeding from your mouth:
- Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit. ~Psalm 34:13
- Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you. ~Proverbs 4:24
- Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands? ~Ecclesiastes 5:5-7
- But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. ~Colossians 3:8
- Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. ~Colossians 4:6
- Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. ~1 Timothy 4:12
- If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. ~James 1:26
As you pray and study God’s word today, ask him to reveal any area of your speech that is displeasing to him. Invite the Holy Spirit to help you control your lips.