Idle talkers take no thought for the damage they do. Twisted values feed destructive behaviors that destroy families, churches, businesses, and friendships. Tearing down is cheap. “A monkey with a match can destroy more in an hour than a thousand wise men can build in a year,” said Clovis Chappell. The Chicago fire was started in a shed by a cow.
I’ve seen bigger fires started in churches by fools. I helped put out a fire like that last week, but there wasn’t much to salvage. A year invested in rebuilt trust was smoked with a bit of slander followed by a lie. The arsonist was caught, but I doubt if she will ever stop playing with matches. Some people just can’t resist a tasty bit of gossip.
Every Christian should think before they speak. Our words should build (Ephesians 4:29). They should reflect value and beauty. Proverbs speaks of the wise “storing up” knowledge. We would be a healthier people if our storehouses were full and carefully guarded by discretion.
You don’t have to say everything you know. A little bit of self-editing will keep you from disaster. A foolish word invites a firestorm.
Reposted with permission from onehope.net.