A fifth situation when it’s best to stay quiet is when you have nothing to say. If you’re like me, often you don’t have anything to say at parties or social events. I’m an introvert to the core, so it’s hard for me to speak at all. In situations when you have nothing to say, it’s best to remain quiet. By speaking when you have nothing to say, it could cause some awkward conversations to ensue feelings of embarrassment.
There is nothing wrong with having nothing to say. Often, in our modern-day social media wars, we are taught an individual is “weird” or “too passive” if they don’t say anything, but that’s not true at all. Sometimes the best thing to do is stay quiet and not create conversation for the sole sake of meeting a social standard. By refraining from speaking when you don’t have anything to say, it can save you a lot of embarrassment and awkwardness.
6. When Your Words May Hurt Someone
A sixth situation when it’s best to stay quiet is when your words may hurt someone. Similar to speaking when you are mad or are in an argument, it is best to avoid speaking when you think or know your words are going to tear others down. I know from personal experience when I chose to say something without thinking through how it would resonate with others, I ended up saying something that hurt the other person. Even if someone has said something hurtful to us, it’s not right to say something hurtful back.
Hurtful words really do hurt and cause scars that form in our minds. Often, other people’s hurtful words can cause long-lasting scars on our hearts and minds that don’t improve with time. It is best as believers to remain quiet in situations when we feel we are going to say something that will hurt another person. No point, discussion, or argument is worth damaging someone else’s soul. It is best to remain quiet in these situations and by doing so, you will bring glory to God.
The Lord knows staying calm and quiet in these situations can be hard for us, but He can help if we ask Him. In fact, He delights in help us. There is nothing wrong with asking for help from God. He can help stay quiet in situations when it is best to not say anything. If you are in doubt about staying quiet, consult God in prayer and ask Him to guide you.