While our talk may not “cost lives” careless speak is costly and can cause serious problems.
Years ago Solomon realized this and said, “Those who guard their lips guard their lives.” It is like placing a boundary around what we want people to know or think about us. Being careful is wise because we will not have to try to explain what we mean if we express an unclear thought or idea. We will not have to apologize or make amends or be fearful for things we might have said that could stain someone’s reputation if we speak unkindly. In fact, later on in Proverbs, Solomon said that our “tongues have the power of life and death.”
There is also the person who “speaks rashly.” This person speaks without taking time to think or makes statements that are untrue, intending to hurt, harm or destroy and take advantage of others. Many of us have endured - even struggled to survive - false stories or outright lies about us as others intended to disturb our image. We have been left fearful and untrusting because of their unfair words.
But we are to take heart. Our God is a fair and just God and He will, in His own time, make things right. Those who “speak rashly will come to ruin.”
Prayer: Father, we are grateful that You know “who we are” and protect us from harm and make things right. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 13:3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.