“that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.”
I live in a college town. There are some crazy rumors that just started about our football program. Are they true? I don’t know. I learned to live staying silent about these kind of things from a close friend. I have never, and I mean in all these years never, heard him say a bad thing about anyone. Consequently you would be hard pressed to find anyone who would utter a negative word about him.
Look at the definition of discretion:
1. the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information. 2. the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation.
Wow! I love these. I want to reflect these. Solomon is calling us to a higher place in this verse. The other day I was with a new young friend. He started to tell me something he heard about someone. I saw his face contort a bit. He squeezed his lips together. He was quiet and obviously having an internal struggle over what he was about to reveal. Then he shook his head, said, “I hope what I’m hearing is not true” and changed the direction he was headed in our conversation. His character in my eyes went straight up. Today speak truth in love or stay silent. #NeTheEdge
“keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.” Psalms 34:13 NIV