World War 2 found the following phrase become part of American conversation - “Loose lips sink ships.” It refers to the belief that one should not talk aloud of the movements of ships because enemy spies, embedded in the community, might hear and then relate that information back to their country which would then be able to locate and destroy American ships.
Today’s proverb (10:19) reads, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Because of humanity’s propensity to evil, the more we talk the greater the chance of finding ourselves saying things that are sinful. These sinful things can be gossip, profane language, sharing or discussing inappropriate content, prideful self-promotion and more. These ‘many words’ reveal to others what secretly resides in our heart and it is these words that will ultimately justify us or condemn us (Mt.12:36). The words we use will demonstrate what REALLY is going on in our hearts.
A basketball referee once said to me, “A bucket can’t spill what it doesn’t hold.” Whatever is spilling out of your mouth, is what fills your heart. What do you find yourself talking about most? What do your conversations center around? Does Jesus so fill your heart that He spills out of your mouth? Does God’s truth find itself on your tongue because it owns your attention? Or are your loose lips torpedoing your character, walk with Jesus and relationships with others? Restrain your words and be wise!