Author: James German
Abraham Lincoln had a few words to say about how we speak to one another. He said “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I wonder if good ‘ol Abe had been reading Proverbs 15 when he coined that phrase. Proverbs 15:2 says “…The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly…” President Lincoln’s advice seems to follow the writer’s thoughts in Proverbs 15. One of the most powerful tools known to mankind is the tongue. It can certainly be used to build each other up. But in this day and age, it seems to be a tool of destruction. Whether spoken or typed on a social media site, our spoken work has the ability to produce fruit….or the ability to cause great destruction in our relationships.
The writer also speaks of the concept of “discipline”. “Those who disregard discipline despise themselves. But the one who heeds correction gains understanding.” Are we disciplined enough as a people of God to heed instruction and gain understanding when it comes to disciplining our tongue? Are our words “building others up” or are they “tearing others down”?
I challenge you to read Proverbs 15 again and commit yourselves to taming your tongue. Use social media to be SALT and LIGHT for God’s kingdom. And remember our 16th president’s advice. Better to remain silent…