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LOOSE LIPS

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!

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DON'T BE A FOOL

Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool. Proverbs 10:18 (NIV).

Someone wise once said, “Better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” It’s easy for us to spot a fool in the world and we are quick to do it. We laugh at people’s faults. We joke about another’s ignorance. We laugh when people say the wrong thing at the wrong time. We rejoice in others’ mistakes.

But it is often harder for us to recognize and confront our own foolishness. The Bible talks about fools as people who disregard the word of God. A fool is someone who returns to their own messes and forgets who or what caused their own mess. They think that their actions have no consequences and feel that their sin is less than their neighbor’s. And in today’s reading, a fool is one who spreads slander.

Slander is anytime we say something false about another person. These statements damage, they hurt and they wound. And we are a fool if we keep doing it. It is easy to fall into patterns of talking bad about others. It makes us feel better about ourselves if others are doing worse by our own measuring stick. And we've all done it. 

BUT, in God’s eyes, it makes us a fool. In trying to do something to make ourselves feel better about ourselves, we actually become less. Less kind, less loving, and less like Christ.

Today, as you walk through your workplace, your home, and your life, ask God to give you the grace to not speak badly about others around. Ask Him to help you love others as you have been loved and pray that He might show you how to live as a wise man or woman who loves others with the love of Jesus.

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