This is pretty strong… but there’s so much more.
“Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, Is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, ‘I was only joking!’” Proverbs 26:18,19 NKJV
After hearing a dynamic message on the power of words last Sunday, it’s been a subject that’s been on my mind all week. Then I ran across the foregoing passage from Proverbs today.
It served as a reminder of someone, who can dish it out and then usually follows the remark with, “I was only kidding.” Once the knife is inside your gut. It’s usually followed by a hyena like “Kamala cackle.”
Really, it’s good to check your insides first before making sarcastic remarks cloaked in pseudo humor. It’s beyond twisted.
Motives before moving mouth.
We all think we want “freedom” of speech, but there’s plenty in Scripture that addresses something deeper…
“Fervent lips with a wicked heart Are like earthenware covered with silver dross. He who hates, disguises it with his lips, And lays up deceit within himself; When he speaks kindly, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart; Though his hatred is covered by deceit, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.” Proverbs 26:24-26. NKJV.
“… out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Jesus. Luke 6:45b. NKJV No higher authority than that.
On the up side: “He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” Proverbs 17:27,28.
You have the right to remain silent. There’s a time and a place for everything. Words. Silence. Sadly because we think we have the right to shoot off our mouth anywhere, anytime, at anybody, in any manner we feel like, without any conscience informed by the Holy Spirit, or the vocal organs given over to His control, great misunderstanding and hurt has been unleashed by little tongues set on fire by hell.
That includes the mouth’s extensions: pens and keyboards and the destinations that receive the words.
Silence truly is golden.
At times it may be the best option.
So I’ll just shut up for now.