I learned from a very early age that the way to get punished swift and to the fullest extent of my punishment would be for me to repeat something I was not supposed to repeat, and if it was about a church member, that was almost the death penalty. The worst punishment of all came if there was trouble between my brother, sister and myself. If we ever got into a fight we would get punished and then hear the scripture, Proverbs 6:16-19 Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family. The last line in the KJV reads, “He that sows discord among his brothers.” I think it is clear from this passage that we should guard our lips from speaking unwisely. Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Another old saying is that you don’t have something good to say, don’t say anything at all.
Telling someone to keep their mouth shut against saying harsh words or repeating gossip seems to be the impossible task. My grandfather told me that I should stop and think ten times about something before I said it, to which I replied, “If I did that, I would never say anything!” At that he just gave me a sly little smile that accomplished shutting me up.
One wrong word out of your mouth can wreck someone’s world and I would not want to be responsible for that: Ecclesiastes 10:12-13 The words of a wise person are gracious. The talk of a fool self destructs -He starts out talking nonsense and ends up spouting insanity and evil.
“A word to the wise is sufficient” promote peace and love by saying kind words!