Believe it or not, there are times when I can talk too much. I have always loved words, though not wordiness. (I just have a lot to say.)
One Sunday many years ago, I was addressing a congregation. Afterwards, the Pastor said, “Now we know who the talker of the family is.” (Funny how you remember things.) It seemed like everyone laughed, everyone but me. My family and others reassured me that I had done well. Likewise, the Pastor complimented me. Still, I was confused by his remark although I did not linger long on it. I knew I said what was on my heart and the people expressed appreciation. This was symbolic of the season of growth I was in. At that time, if I had something to say, my belief in its truth would result in a high probability that I would say it and move on without much thought. Times have changed.
Over the course of my life, I have learned the importance of being discerning in speech. The more I deepened my personal relationship with God, the more I began to understand that sometimes He will show me things for me to know and not to share, at least not immediately. YES! I had to learn to keep my mouth shut until the appointed time. (LOL.) That was hard. I have grown.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant. (Mark 9:9-10)
What I learned was to appreciate the blessing of possessing knowledge. I regularly pray for greater wisdom and increased discernment. There is a responsibility that comes with these three spiritual gifts. Many avoid conversations. That in itself could require a lot of discipline, not to be confused with fear. For me, the bigger test was learning when not to speak. The more I worked on controlling my tongue, the more I was able to identify frivolous conversations. In doing so, discovering the purpose of my conversations became increasingly important. I gained greater respect for the power of words and for the season for their expressions.
Truthfully, I value when God shows me things. I am still learning when and how to speak on those things I share. After all, there is a time for all things…and an audience for everything. I have not mastered it yet, but I like the growth I see. Now, when sharing information I try to let the Holy Spirit guide my tongue, not my ego.