28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
I am pretty sure you know someone who is a “know-it-all”. These are the people who always have an answer for everything, whether what they know is accurate or even true.
One of the big dangers with the “know-it-all” type is that their answers can lead to big problems.
Take it from one of those know-it-all’s.
I used to respond to someone in any situation, and very rarely with “I don’t know.” Much of the time, I was answering people (whether or not they asked me) about other people and what they were or were not doing.
Many times, I would even answer people’s questions with information I had heard in passing, but I would pass off as hard facts the parts I had to fill in.
Do you know how many fights, strained or even ruined relationships, or feelings hatred/bigotry/fear I initiated due to my spewing mouth? (Neither do I)
Perhaps you know that person who rarely speaks, but when they do they sum up or finish a conversation with their amazing words of insight.
I wish I could say I am one of those, but I still have a long way to go. In any event, this is what this type of person is like:
This person listens more than the speak.
This person pays attention to the details, not just what people say.
This person thinks through what they will say, weighing all of the facts.
In other words, this type of person studies each word and action of others and themselves before speaking.
As Christians, we must study everything we say, each interaction we have with others.
Not only that, we must study God’s Word so that we are “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).
Giving an answer that we think is true or that sounds right can be very dangerous. This is where heresy and blasphemies begin and spread. This is where non-Christians find reasons to avoid the Church and Jesus.
Lord Jesus, move in our hearts through Your Holy Spirit to seek and speak truth. Guide us in all truth that we might bring peace and healing rather than evil to this world.