Becky Hunter

In a world inviting everyone to shout about almost everything, I want to share Biblical wisdom about when it’s a good idea to just be quiet. Here are the times that God says shush.

1. In the heat of anger  (Proverbs 14:17)

2. When you don't have all the facts (Proverbs 18:13)

3. When you haven't verified the story (Deuteronomy 17:6)

4. If your words will offend a weaker person (1 Corinthians 8:11)

5. When it is time to listen (Proverbs 13:1)

6. When you are tempted to make light of holy things (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

7. When you are tempted to joke about sin (Proverbs 14:9)

8. If you would be ashamed of your words later (Proverbs 8:8)

9. If your words would convey the wrong impression (Proverbs 17:27)

10. If the issue is none of your business (Proverbs 14:10)

11. When you are tempted to tell an outright lie (Proverbs 4:24)

12. If your words will damage someone else's reputation (Proverbs 16:27)

13. If your words will damage a friendship (Proverbs 16:28)

14. When you are feeling critical (James 3:9)

15. If you can't say it without screaming it (Proverbs 25:28)

16. If your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your friends and family (Peter 2:21-23)

17. If you may have to eat your words later (Proverbs 18:21)

18. If you have already said it more than one time (Proverbs 19:13)

19. When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person (Proverbs 24:24)

20. When you are supposed to be working instead (Proverbs 14:23)

“Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.”- Proverbs 21:23 (The Message)