"Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin." ESV
The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about words. Why is that? In part it's because, as Jesus said, out of the heart the mouth speaks; our words reveal our hearts. It is also because our control of our mouths is a good litmus test for our control of our entire selves. Just look at James 3: "Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check" (NIV).
Another reason words are important in Proverbs is because our words are powerful. They have the power to heal and to hurt, to build and to destroy, to instruct and to deceive. Our words influence and affect others, and therefore they are at the heart of the practice of wisdom - relational, moral skill for living.
This Proverb talks about words from our mouths. Today it would be fair to expand that to include the written word in all it's various media - printed, digital, and otherwise. This Proverb calls for careful evaluation of our word-habits. Today, why not take 60 seconds and prayerfully consider whether you guard your mouth as much as you ought to?
Be careful with your words! Guard your mouth, and so preserve your life - but if you live with lips wide open, you are asking for ruin.
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