A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. Proverbs 18:6-8
Words. To some they are thin as air. They trample people over with their words thinking nothing of there consequence. They know they feel and therefore speak what they feel. Either while their scrolling social media or having casual conversations at work the only question they are asking themselves is “how am I feeling about this?” If in disagreement they heap words of hate over the entire conversation in hopes for a shocked response. Then the fight is on! The fire is fulled by others pouring venomous comments in which overtime creates a war type environment via social media. People participating in these threads are often bruised and wounded.
Could we all be underestimating the impact of our words?
Solomon says that words not only come from the heart, but also go “down into the inner parts” of the recipients. Words like food and drink need to be digested. According to Solomon there is no such thing as weightless words, but words go from our ears/eyes to our brains to our hearts, pricking at and provoking all kinds of emotions. Solomon knew that words written/spoken take captive the human heart and the one seeking a word fight is a fool who sets himself up for his own ruin.
Our mouths have potential for such great evil! James said “no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.” (James 3:8) When we are content to poison people with our deadly words we objectify them making them less then human. James goes on to write “My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” (James 3:10-12). We are not to walk around slicing heads off with our words. Words are not to be loaded and fired as bullets in a rifle. James makes the point that one cannot claim to love and know God while at the same time curse others with words, but this is a great contradiction.
Surely thoughtless talk saddens the heart of God.
As much as our mouths have potential for great evil they have as much for great good. We see this several places in Proverbs 12. “The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them.””There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” According to Solomon words have potential to deliver, heal and make glad. What if we were to tap into this side of our talk? What if our words were used to deliver rather than enslave, to heal rather than bruise, to make glad rather than oppress? What a difference this could make!