Don’t talk so much
Pastor Mark Jeske

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). Wow! Truer words were never spoken. Don’t talk so much, people! “Listen first” is powerful advice for both business and home. When you pay attention to your customers first before pitching them your product or service, you are much more likely to win their respect and trust. They will feel that you are working for them, not manipulating them for your benefit.

“Listen twice before speaking once” is also a healing strategy for marriage. No husband ever got into trouble with his wife for listening too much. Think of all the dumb and hurtful things you’ve said when you were irritated or tired or angry or defensive. Think of all the misunderstandings that arose because you were too impatient with the conversation to listen, really listen.

We use barrages of words to control the conversation or vent emotion. But think about it—if you can keep your mouth shut during stressful times, things often look a lot different the next day. Words that you fire off to zing or punish will never be forgotten, and you will have to live with the backlash for a long, long time.

Most of us can barely resist the temptation to get in the last word. If you must, how about making the last word, “I need to think about what you’ve said, dear.”


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