"Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God."
I have a problem. I like to talk, and I enjoy sharing what I learn with other people. However, the Bible is very clear that it is better for a person to be quiet than to share all that he knows. Verse 19 reminds me that I need to be an eager learner -- learning from a variety of sources and circumstances. While I am to be learning, I must also be careful of whom my teachers are. Everything I learn must be compared with the Bible to make sure that I am learning truth and not lies. Then, I must also be slow to speak. Just because I know something does not mean I need to share it with everybody I meet. For example,
when we lived in Wisconsin I was going to a chiropractor for my headaches. After about three sessions I quit going -- why? because every time I went the chiropractor spent the entire time telling me why vaccinations were so horrible for my children. Now, I tend to think of myself as a somewhat intelligent person, capable of making informed decisions. With my children I have researched everything from what type of diaper pail to use to which vaccinations are considered questionable, and I did not appreciate having this doctor's opinion forced on me at every turn.
I must be careful that I am not like that chiropractor sharing information just because I know it. There are times when I may need to share what God's Word says in order to help another believer, but I must be wise with the timing and make sure that what I am saying is what God says and not just my own opinion.