Book: Proverbs 10
“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”
Have you ever heard (or used) the terms “blabbermouth”, “wind-bag”, “long winded”, or “motor mouth”? Yes these are all terms for people who enjoy hearing their own voice it seems and keep talking long after they should have quit. They often speak of things that they should not as they are hurtful to others or have little truth.
In Matthew 12, Jesus speaks about how the fruit identifies the tree and so it is with our words. Then in verses 36-37 “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” How careful we need to be in what we say. Have you ever noticed that the longer we talk about something the more we expand out much further than we should from the truth? I was listening to a talk show and the host mentioned that the cost would at least be $50,000 to make the change. He was then challenged on that number and all of a sudden it grew to something like $300,000. It made me think that he really doesn’t know what he is talking about but just guessing and passing it off as fact.
Epictetus, a philosopher, said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” How we would do well to think twice before speaking often.
With today’s technology, we often talk with our finger tips. May I suggest that before we post things online through the various social media platforms we ought to consider how this proverb applies. We need to be careful not to sin by what we write. What we write online is for the world to read. As a Kingdom builder, does what I post reflect the values and the words of my King? If not, I don’t have any business posting it. I should keep my post short and to the point – to God’s point!
Here is a short prayer we need to take to the Lord daily. It comes from Psalm 141:3 “Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips.”