Proverbs 17:28 – “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.”

My grandfather often said: “if you can’t improve on silence then don’t speak.”

He lived by that adage.

He was a man of few but weighty words.

It’s only the Holy Spirit who can hold a believer’s tongue!
And often the believer’s tongue needs holding!


The wonderful Holy Spirit of God is Spiritual Auto-Correct for each Christian.

He indwells each true born-again believer to assist in the glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 16:12-14)

Typically, the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to control speech and conduct (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16-25) in such a way that there is auto-correction taking place all of the time.

It is the believer’s moment-to-moment responsibility to pay attention to the indwelling Holy Spirit’s auto-corrects.

As a preacher I was both challenged and encouraged
to hear a very well-known preacher begin to make a statement in a sermon and then to stop and then to pause  and then to say: “I best not go there. I won’t say anything more on that”.

Auto-Correction. Holy Spirit-Correction. Edification. Glorification of Christ Jesus.

That was a case where auto-correction didn’t leave a silly result but rather it most certainly left a Christ-honouring result.

Pay attention to your auto-correct Agent: The indwelling God the Holy Spirit.


There is humor in this cartoon because most of us have experienced a person trying to give a gift which they don’t have or which they don’t have with competence.

Too many unsolicited words often reveal the foolishness of the speaker. It’s better to be slow to speak.

Proverbs 17:28:

“Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is counted prudent.”

My Grandfather’s creed was “if you can’t improve on silence, then don’t speak.”