Avoiding Excessive Words
“Abba Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from Heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high pries. But God said to him,
“You are my Son; today I have become your Father.
Do not open your heart to everyone, but discuss your personal affairs with those who are wise and fear God.
Avoid the din and commotion of the world as much as you can, for discussing worldly affairs and problems is a great hindrance (to spiritual life), even though it is done sincerely;
For we are quickly defiled and captivated by pride. Often I wish that held my peace instead of speaking, and that I had not been in the company of others.
Why do we so willingly speak and talk one with another, when we seldom stop speaking before we have hurt our conscience?
The reason why we so willingly spend time in conversation with others is that we try to receive comfort from them, and hope to ease our mind when it is overburden with our own thoughts.
So we willingly talk and think of those things that we most love or desire, or of those things that we feel are the most trouble to us.
But, alas, often its useless and accomplishes nothing, for any outward comfort we get results in our losing some measure of inward and divine comfort.
Therefor we must watch and pray so that our time will not be wasted.
If there is an opportune and appropriate time for you to speak, say something that will instruct and encourage.
Evil habits and neglect of our own spiritual progress cause us to speak too freely in thoughtless ways,
By contrast, devout conversation about spiritual things greatly promotes our spiritual growth, especially when persons of one mind and spirit are gathered together in God.