Silence is Golden

I remember my mother telling me, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” That parental command is not only good manners, it is an essential character quality of the mature Christian. The Lord said it this way through the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:29, “No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.”

We live in a very impolite and shrill culture. The television, newspaper, and internet are often filled with speech designed to tear down and undermine political opponents, celebrities and various public figures. This matters to us because, in that kind of environment, it is very easy to let our personal conversation become coarse and corrosive. It is important always to watch our words!

Whether you speak, write, type, post, tweet or otherwise communicate your thoughts, remember to ask yourself:
Are these words necessary?
Will these words help or hurt?
Am I the one who needs to speak these words?
Will these words honor Christ and reflect well on His church?

If we can’t answer these questions positively, then we probably need to be quiet and let our silence be golden.