Lately, it seems like we’ve bought into a lie that our words don’t matter, or at least that’s the only way I can explain how some of my friends, as well as myself, are acting on social media. We’ve all but lost the ability to engage in civil discourse as we furiously type things on social media we would never have the courage to say/scream at someone’s face.
Below are 23 verses from Proverbs – a book all about wisdom in practical life. They’re broken up into 5 general categories – don’t miss the last one. It’s the most prevalent and possibly the most dangerous.
See: How to Read Proverbs
I’m committing to read through all 23 verses before I post something on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Would you join me? Our words matter. Jesus says that what we saw reveals what’s in our heart. Remember, our first allegiance as Christians is to King Jesus. See: God Doesn’t Need America
On Putting Trust in Politics, a Party, and/or a Politician
“Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.” – Prv. 1:19
“but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” – Prv. 1:33
“Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.” – Prv. 29:26
On Engaging Political Opponents
“Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.” – Prv. 9:7-8
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” – Prv. 10:12
“Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.” – Prv. 14:7
“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.” – Prv. 15:18
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.: – Prv. 18:2
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles.” – Prv. 24:17
On Thinking/Knowing You’re Right and Humility
“Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” – Prv. 3:7
“Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.” – Prv. 3:34
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” – Prv. 14:12
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” – Prv. 21:2
On the Power of Words
“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” – Prv. 10:19
“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” – Prv. 13:3
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Prv. 15:1
“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” – Prv. 17:28
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” – Prv. 18:21
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” – Prv. 27:6
“Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.” – Prv. 29:20
This is by far the most pernicious. Think about it – every time you share an article that you’re not sure is really true but you like because it furthers your own opinion while pushing down your opponent, you’re lying. The Bible often calls that “bearing false witness” and it’s the 9th commandment.
“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” – Prv. 6:16-19
“Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right” – Prv. 8:6
“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.” – Prv. 19:9