Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues. Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)
Can any of us go a minute without either hearing or voicing an opinion? I watched on television today (but I could have picked any day) two people blowing opinions past one another without ever once listening to the other. Neither wanted to learn anything. Neither wanted the truth. Both wanted to win.
I admire people who can remain silent and just listen. They give me power. They do not have to "win." They respect the person and the relationship more than they need power or control.
James points out in his Letter that the tongue can really screw up things.
Practice silence today. Listen. Care for those you encounter through a welcome ear.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. James 3:5 (NIV)