7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
As Anthony discussed yesterday, the things we say can lead to a good, old-fashioned punishment, such as soap in the mouth, a spanking, or other bad consequences.
When I was going through my later primary and early secondary education, up until about the start of my Junior year of high school, I had a penchant for stretching the truth or outright lying.
Here are some things I learned:
- misrepresentations and lies only spread distrust, hatred, and problems.
- relationships are damaged and/or lost.
- eventually, you start to believe your own lies.
- eventually, you must face the consequences in one way or another.
Our world is full of lies spread by any number of people. Whether it comes in the form of religion, science, or social constructs, we are bombarded daily with lies.
Some of these lies have immediate bad consequences: we may see church splits or new religions, increased taxes or restrictive laws, or fights or wars.
The most dangerous have eternal consequences. As we continue to spread lies, we not only hurt each other, but we may end up apart from God after we die.
That is hell, and it is not ever a good alternative.
Lord of Truth, help us to hear and speak Your words. Make us aware of the lies of this world and in our hearts. Save us from our own snares and destruction by Your grace and for Your glory.