Scripture: Proverbs 25 (focus v. 18, 28)
Observation: If we tell lies about someone else, it’s equivalent to shooting them with a sharp arrow. Our gossiping and lies always give way to anger.
Application: Every teenage girl has one favorite phrase: “Did you hear?” What follows is always a variation of these statements:
“Did you hear that ______ broke up with _____?!”
“Did you hear that _____ kissed _____ at ______’s party?!”
“Did you hear that _____ had a falling out with her best friend?!”
That little phrase, “Did you hear?”, is powerful – it bonds us as we share secrets… but it also destroys reputations, relationships, lives.
It’s easy to assume that gossip isn’t that hurtful or bad, especially if we’re sharing with something with someone we trust. But the writer of Proverbs would disagree with our reasoning. Here’s how he puts it:
“Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp ax.” (v.18)
Would you ever hit a friend (or anyone, for that matter) with an ax or shoot them with an arrow? Absolutely not!
So why is it so easy to tell lies? Why will we exercise strong restraint over physically hurting others but refuse to do the same with the words we say?
Today, let’s ask God for self-awareness. Every time we open our mouths to gossip, to spread lies, to say a single thing that doesn’t honor others, let’s ask him to make us aware and fill us with all the self-control we need to stop.
“A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.” (v. 28)
Prayer: God, I pray first for increased self-awareness around what I say and then for increased self-control to honor you in every way. Help me see the severity of every lie and how seriously you detest them. I pray my words are full of light and not darkness. Amen.