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GOSSIP

September 12, 2014

Friday

 

Proverbs 18:6-7

 

A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

 

LESSON

 

A fool’s words frequently cause strife and violence. The positive counsel is in 17:27. Remember Korah, Dathan, and Abiram’s accusations against Moses. Not only do a fool’s words cause trouble, but they also cause the fool trouble, and can lead to “ruin.” People who do not respect the Lord’s ways often resort to lies to advance their purposes. But lies have a way of returning to roost and bringing shame, contempt, and judgment on those who tell them. Ananias and Sapphira lied to Peter, and to the Holy Spirit, and suffered death for it. Even if the fool does not lie, his words usually cause him or her trouble, because the fool does not live and speak in the sphere of God’s Word, which is ultimate reality. This verse is a drastic and dramatic description of the price the fool will have to pay for his unbridled speech: it is a deadly trap.

Our words bring death or life. Therefore, it behooves us to “Watch Our Mouths”.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 29:11

 

 

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