Words Of Wisdom
“Who so guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”Proverbs 21:23 [NKJV]
Yes, the tongue can quickly spark a conflagration of evil that may leave someone’s reputation in ashes. If used improperly, that flame-shaped organ (tongue) can also ignite the fire of sinful passion in another person, or destroy the innocence of a child by corrupting his pure mind. Remember, a few careless words have the potential to wreck a life or ruin a career. Let me suggest from the 3rd chapter of James three steps that are helpful for controlling the tongue. The first step is the development of a good life style (3:13, 14). The second step is the reception of divine wisdom (3:15 – 17). The final step is the acceptance of the law of sowing and reaping (3:18).
“Be not deceived: Evil company corrupts good morals.”
[1 Corinthians 15:33]
“The memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot.”[Proverbs 10:7]
In the Hebrew culture, one’s name was considered more than a label, but ideally the outward expression of one’s inner nature and character. A person’s name was considered “an immortal part” of the person because it survived his death. Illustrations of this can be seen in the names Abraham Lincoln and Hitler. Though these men have been dead for a long time, the very mention of their names gives rise to their character. How often have doors of opportunity for you been opened or closed by the very mention of your name? Where ever you go, your name will speak long before you get a chance to open your mouth.
“…he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.”
Laziness in adulthood is the product of an idle youth. It has been said that ” he who idles away the time of his youth will bear the shame of it when old.” Proverbs indicates the root causes of an idle youth are the refusal to listen to parents, speaking ill of parents and wasting of father’s resources on foolish and unnecessary things. On the other hand, some parents abandoned their parental responsibility for their children’s laziness and bad name because they have used indulgence instead of restrain, emphasized pleasure instead of godliness, shown favoritism instead of love, passed over little wrongs instead of discipline and given in to demands instead of exercising parental control. Usually all this is done to “keep the peace” but he result is to reinforce bad behavior and rob the child of the good character traits needed for a productive life. Laziness is a negative character trait that leads to poverty and stealing. Young people must accept responsibility for who and what they are because of the choices they make. Parents who chose to run from parental responsibility must accept accountability for who and what their children are.
“A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.”
If for no other reason, men choose to deny the existence of God. By denying the existence of God, men believe they are removing themselves from God’s condemnation. To say someone doesn’t exist doesn’t make it so. All it means is that those who deny the existence of God live in self-delusion. When they come to realize how wrong they were, it will be too late. The writer of Hebrews tells us that it is “appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” [9:27]. Two statements are made here. One, all mankind die. Experience has taught us this is true. The second, after death we will face judgment. We know this by revelation. If what the Bible says about this present life is true, do we dare deny what it says the future life? In Revelation 20:12 – 14 “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” Your choice, your consequences.
“Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.” [Proverbs 26:20]
Wood keeps the fire going and the talebearer keeps strife going. Remove the wood and the fire goes out. Silence the talebearer and strife ceases. In the following quote Matthew Henry reveals to us the full extent of tale bearing and how he/she should be handled. “Those who by insinuating base characters, revealing secrets, and misrepresenting words and actions, do what they can to make relations, friends, and neighbors, jealous one of another, to alienate them one from another, and sow discord among them, are to be banished out of families and all societies” The best way to stop a talebearer is to not listen. When confronted with a talebearer tell them you do not want to hear it and then share with them what Proverbs has to say about being a talebearer. Listening to the talebearer makes you part of the problem.