Talkativeness Sermon Illustrations

Talkativeness Sermon Illustrations

Talkativeness is utterly ruinous to deep spirituality. The very life of our spirit passes out in our speech, and hence all superfluous talk is a waste of the vital forces of the heart. In fruit growing it often happens that excessive blossoming prevents a good crop, and often prevents fruit altogether; and by much loquacity the soul runs wild in word bloom and bears no fruit. I am not speaking of sinners, nor of legitimate testimony for Jesus, but of that incessant loquacity of nominally spiritual persons-of the professors of purifying grace. It is one of the greatest hindrances to deep, solid union with God. Notice how insignificant trifles are magnified by a world of words; how things that should be buried are dragged out into gossip; how a worthless non-essential is argued and disputed over; how the solemn, deep things of the Holy Spirit are rattled over in light manner.

See the evil effects of so much talk. First, it dissipates spiritual power. The thought and feeling of the soul are like powder and steam—the more they are condensed, the greater their power. The true action of the heart, if expressed in a few Holy Ghost selected words, will sink into minds to remain for ever, but if dissipated in any rambling conversation, is likely to be of no profit.

Second, it is a waste of time. If the hours spent in useless conversation were spent in secret prayer, or deep reading, we should soon reach a region of spiritual life and divine peace beyond our present dreams.

Third, loquacity inevitably leads to saying unwise, or unpleasant, or unprofitable things. The Holy Spirit warns us that 'in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin'. We must settle this personally. I must guard my speech as a sentinel does a fortress. The cure for loquacity must be from within. To walk in the Spirit we must avoid talking for talking's sake, or merely to entertain.—Selected

(Prov. 10. 19; 17. 27; Eccles. 5. 2, 3; Eph. 4. 29)

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