There’s a popular phrase some use when the wish to speak their mind and perhaps, this information may not be well received. They add at the end, ‘just sayin’ to cover the statement.
I’ve read that it’s the equivalent to a verbal shrug. This can go along with a number of well intended statements or perhaps even passing along information.
It’s used in so many ways – but, it seems to have been most often tacked onto statements of passing along information.
What does God word say about how we speak, how we pass along information.
First of all, I believe we have to ask ourselves, ‘is it our information to pass along?‘
Are we passing along information about a situation that has anything to do with us? Are we passing along information about someone that is significant to ourselves and to those we’re speaking to?
Are we passing along information that we truly have knowledge of?
What God asks of Us
Use Wisdom and Discernment. God tells us it’s better not to say something than to say anything at all.
Proverbs 18:1 “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and
Proverbs 18:4, “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook”.
Proverbs 18:6,7, “A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. “
Proverbs 18:8, “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly”.
Proverbs 18:13, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame to him”.
Proverbs 18:15, “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge”.
Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.
Proverbs 17: 27, “He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is an excellent spirit”.
It is better to hold our tongue, to listen, to discern and to know a matter first before speaking. Most of the time, the best thing to do in a situation is to ‘not – just sayin’‘.