When to Zip It – Proverbs 17

I can’t seem to avoid reminders about holding my tongue. I hope it’s because I’m so good at it.

“Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14 NIV).

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Before a dispute breaks out? That means to resist saying that one-more-thing that might cause a serious crack in a relationship, and even bring a rush of unstoppable destruction.

“Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue” (verse 28).

This might be my favorite proverb of all time. I may behave foolishly, but I can appear wise if I’m careful with my words. I think being watchful of their effect is what helps me to be less destructive and more encouraging to others.

“A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool” (verse 10).

Verse 10 speaks for itself, doesn’t it! I want to welcome the rebuke that helps me do better and I hope to be a woman of discernment. I’ve seen enough damage to motivate me to keep the dam in good repair.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

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