Thought for the Day – 20 January 2019

Thought for the Day

I was thinking, today, about a poster someone had put up in the restaurant where I was working, before my army experience, that has haunted me ever since. It was a drawing of a G.I. drowning in the ocean. He’s just barely got his head above water. He’s desperately pointing one finger toward us and saying two words, “Someone talked.” Boy, that was heavy at the time. Someone had talked, and he was the victim of someone’s loose lips. Well, that war is long over, but those loose lips are still causing fatalities. I firmly believe:

Proverbs 18:7; 7A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”

We’ve spread the poison to other people and we’ve victimized our brother with our loose lips; the gossip about another person that marks their most precious possession, their reputation; those critical words spoken behind someone’s back; those angry words that were spoken to someone’s face. Our Politicians are a great example of “Loose Lips”.

Psalms 34:13; 13    Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.”

We can sink people’s lives with our words. World War II soldiers were warned not to say the things they could say, because they were wanting to save lives. That’s still an important warning and maybe it’s a time for us to pray as the Holy Spirit points this out inside us,

Proverbs 21:23; 23Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.”

Lord, help me to stop this tongue of mine before more hurting words come out; i know that the tongue has the power of life and death.

Proverbs 18:21; 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

Loose lips do sink ships and people, and we know:

James 3:5; 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”

May we never be the guilty party to the sinking of another person. To be that someone who talked. That someone who knew better. Help us to remember:

Proverbs 15:26; 26The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.”

 

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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