(J.R. Miller, "The Shining Light" 1911)
"Study to be quiet." 1 Thessalonians 4:11
True spiritual culture is toward the control and the restraining of speech. Christian faith gives a quietness which in itself is one of life's holiest blessings. It gives the quietness of peace--a quietness which the wildest storms cannot disturb, which is a richer possession than all the world's wealth or power.
"Study to be quiet." The lesson may be hard to many of us--but it is well worth all the cost of learning. It brings strength and peace to the heart.
Speech is good--but often silence is better. He who has learned to hold his tongue, is a greater conqueror than the warrior who subdues an empire! The power to be silent under provocation and wrongs, and in the midst of danger and alarms--is the power of the noblest, royalest victoriousness!
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak." James 1:19
"When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." Proverbs 10:19
"Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips." Psalm 141:3