“The words of a person’s mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream. It is not good to be partial toward a wicked person,thereby depriving an innocent person of justice. By talking, a fool gets into an argument,and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin. His lips are a trap to his soul. The words of a gossip are swallowed greedily, and they go down into a person’s innermost being.” (Proverbs 18:4-8 GWT)
When we belittle, mock, or devalue someone’s life or livelihood, we do a great disservice. Words have power; words are seeds that once planted take root deep in a person’s mind. Wisdom has taught me, “We grow by lifting others up, not by tearing them down.” I’m a work in progress and so are you. The key is to stay clear of gossip; do not allow your mouth to write a check your “ass” can’t cash. The writer of Proverbs says that only a fool does that. I have said much that I regret and have been forgiven. Thank you Jesus!
I know it’s hard to discipline your tongue, especially when your emotions have been charged. But I can assure you, working on this discipline is invaluable. Oh that gossip and slander were not so salacious. Prayer, true prayer, however will help you muzzle unkind words. When you gossip a crowd will gather and chime in; when you pray, they will stay away.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father we confess that our words have often been daggers rather that elevators. We ask your forgiveness and that you strengthen our resolve to be kind. Help us to discipline the words we speak so we may be a help and not a hindrance. In Jesus Name, Amen.