Oh, be careful little lips, what you say! Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. ~ Proverbs 26:20
VOTD: Oh, Be Careful Little Lips, What You Say – Proverbs 26:20
BE CAREFUL: FIRE WITHOUT FUEL
Have you ever seen the movie Apollo 13?
Do you remember the problems they had in the spacecraft on the way to the moon?
An onboard explosion requires shutting oxygen off inside the capsule for a time to extinguish the fire. Among many other issues on that ill-fated, but eventually successful flight.
Or, maybe you remember the horrible bon-fire incident at Texas A&M that forced the end of such a long-standing tradition at that storied school.
Fire disasters, or near-disasters, whether they be bonfires, space craft explosions, or wildfires, require fuel. It could be a cigarette and stuffing in furniture, or gas and wood, or high concentrations of oxygen and faulty wiring.
Or, it could be your tongue.
BE CAREFUL: NO FIGHTS WITHOUT WORDS
Maybe you’ve been a part of, or you’ve observed, a “bar-room brawl.” Or, you’ve seen some stupid “girl fight” on YouTube.
Or, maybe, you’ve been a part of a Facebook tete a tete that went far more public than it should have ever gone?
Have you ever known a fight, of any sort, that did not first start with words?
BE CAREFUL: WORDS AND WARS
King Solomon, the wisest man in the world, collected this wise saying, “quarrels disappear when gossip stops.”
Many a war in the history of mankind began because of words someone used to tear down another person, or nation, or peoples.
That’s really what gossip is: words used to tear someone else down; to verbally damage another’s reputation.
It could be the Hatfields and McCoys, or the Democrats and Republicans, or the Russians and who ever Vladimir Putin decides to pick on today.
STOP THE WORDS, STOP THE FIGHTING
I’m guilty of many of the things I’m speaking of. This verse speaks directly to me.
So, with the wise words of Solomon, we are challenged today to stop the words of destruction. Bring about a peace treaty of sorts with your own mouth. Don’t drop words of destruction.
God is the god of peace and creation. He is a God of love. (Yes, he is also a God who punishes and is jealous, but he instructs us to love, and to show concern for our fellow mankind – let’s let God do his job, and we can just focus on doing ours, ok?)
So, what is it about your tongue that needs to be bridled?
I can tell you that I am seeking a huge bit to place in my mouth to tame my tongue. God has one just for me. I thank Him for giving me my wife, who does her dead-level best to try to keep my words more on the positive side than the negative. But, there are times, that old man in me rears up his ugly head and speaks words of destruction.
God, please help me, and others, learn the truths of that old children’s song: “Oh, be careful little tongue what you say, for the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little tongue what you say.”