A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!
How many times do I give my opinion and people don’t listen? So I dig in, study hard, make myself more right, try again, and they still don’t listen.
1. They don’t like me.
2. They don’t want to hear the truth.
Perhaps one of these is true. But what if there’s a third possibility?
3. My approach and timing are off.
Maybe I need to stop trying so hard to be right and instead improve my timing.
I know few people who have mastered this virtue. Perhaps it takes hard work and focused intentionality. James says the man who resists temptation receives a crown of life. Just as with any other godly discipline, learning to hold my peace until the time is right will yield joy, not drudgery.