40 Days of WORDS

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days of Words
Day 32 | SHHHHHHH! | Proverbs 21:23

Proverbs 21:23
“Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” (NLT)

Is it just me, or have you noticed the back-talking and critical tongues that seem to be in overdrive now-a-days?

I’m guessing people are angry at SOMETHING that is going on and they’re going to mouth off about it to someone or anyone standing nearby.

A wise piece of advice I heard years ago was this: “Don’t argue with crazy people.”

That wise philosopher of old – Mark Twain – put it this way: “Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

Today is seems that EVERYTHING has become politicized.  Everything is causing a divide.  It’s the “Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s” everywhere you go.  Masks, no masks.  Have you had the covid shot, or not?   Are you driving an EV or hybrid to help save the planet, or not?  Plastic or paper bags or bring your own?  Meat or meatless?  And on and on.

Most people naturally like to give their thoughts and opinions to others. But often, the other person doesn’t REALLY care. Especially, it seems, if you’re on the “other side” of whatever the topic is.  Most people don’t want to hear why others think differently, they really only want their opinions to be validated.

And thus, why Solomon gave these wise words.
And it’s not that you’re calm, rational words are not worthwhile, it’s really because without much effort, your “calm” discussion can turn on a dime into a raging argumentative, hurt-feelings, and angry “debate”.

Thus, as another version says it: “Watch your words and be careful what you say, and you’ll be surprised by how few troubles you’ll have.” (TPT)

Prayer: LORD, give me the wisdom I need to know WHEN to speak up about an issue and when just to keep my mouth shut. Except for standing up for YOU, I need not be argumentative.