Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.” (Eccl. 10:12).
READ: Ecclesiastes 10:11-14
“He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool” (Prov. 10:18). A mark of foolishness is slander. Engaging one’s lips in such a way as to damage the good opinions people hold about somebody through falsehood, is sin. God never gave you that tongue to pull down others but to build them up. Using your tongue to say false things about others, just because you want them to lose favour with those you are telling, is tongue abuse. It is only a fool who will lie against his or her neighbour. If what you want to say will not edify others, you are not under compulsion to speak: keep quiet! Gossiping, backbiting, and being talkative are injurious to the speaker. Ecclesiastes 10:12 says a fool’s mouth will swallow him or her up. It is a fool that is always having something to say even when there is nothing to say or reason to say it. Remember that you will account for every idle word that leaves your mouth (Matt 12:36-37). Many people are experiencing the limitations caused by their words (Prov. 6:2). Have you netted yourself up with such statements like, ‘I cannot achieve this or that?’ Release yourself today by speaking wholesome power-filled words, or else you will never get beyond that point your mouth has pegged you to.
In addition, the person who interferes in other people’s matter is a fool. Proverbs 20:3 says, “it is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling”. Some people are not at ease until they get involved in matters that do not concern them. A right thinking individual will happen on a scene and mind his or her business, but a busybody will come on the same scene and forget where he or she was headed. The distraction will suddenly become his or her major concern. It is foolishness. Are you a busybody? Do you get involved in matters that you were not invited into? Repent and mind your business. Get a direction for your life and apply your time wisely in achieving laudable goals. Stay out of foolish acts!
Father, erase the consequences of every verbal indiscretion in my life.
Bible in One year: Gen. 12-15