Friday, August 5, 2016

Proverbs 18:6-8 -- On Foolishness and Self-Destruction

"A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly."
Proverbs 18:6-8

This struck me this morning, just because it seems like we do these things so often.  We argue, we say that someone deserves a punch in the eye (or is that just me?), and we tell stories about people and negatively influence how other people perceive them.  These verses tell us that when we do things like this, we are destroying ourselves, and laying snares for our own souls.  Which, translated, means... not good. :)

Today, perhaps we can watch our lips and mouths a little bit more closely, and perhaps even work a little bit on our attitudes so that not only are we saying those things less, but maybe even thinking them less.  Let's try not to be foolish. Let's work on respecting and loving people more, and talking about and arguing with them less.

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