Solemn Whispers: “Beware Of Verbosity And Garrulousness” 23 May 2016

Memory Verse
 “…A fool’s voice is known by multitude of words” Ecclesiastes 5:3b,
Text: Genesis 3:1-6, 1 Kings 13:7-10
VERBOSITY AND GARRULOUSNESS, these words appear strange, right? Here is it…
Verbosity is from the word ‘Verbosemeaning excess use of words in writing or speaking, especially more than needed for clarity while Garrulousness is from the word ‘Garrulousmeaning excessively talkative. For the sake of this devotion, let’s stick with a more familiar word ‘TALKATIVE’ as we trust God to give us understanding.
The bible clearly talks about the issue of talkativeness and clearly advises us, as Christians, to avoid it. Our leading references presents the first case of  being talkative by Eve in the garden and how it led to what we all know, the young prophet in our second text (1 Kings 13) mapped out his death physically and spiritually by thinking he could negotiate God’s instruction through plenty of talk.
Depending on various situations, we tend to go verbose or garrulous; some Christians are extroverts, hence, the tendency to be always talkative like Apostle Peter. It therefore takes the working of the Holy Spirit in greater measures, to convert our talking to listening. And in this ages, talkativeness, extends to our social media presence.
If you ask Solomon, he’ll tell you “Talkativeness displays foolishness”, no wonder James advised in James 1 vs 19 “…everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…”
In conclusion, verbose or garrulous, pray the prayer of David along with me this morning as you set out for a great week.  (Psalm 141 vs 3, Set a watch, o Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips)

Other references: 1 Kings 13 vs 1 – 31

By: Seyi Funmi

Source: Solemn Whispers Devotional


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