Ecclesiastes 10: Watch What We Say
The Bible has a lot to say about how we relate to each other, and in Ecclesiastes 10, we hear about how important it is to make sure we choose our words wisely.
Ecc 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
Ecc 10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Ecc 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
Ecc 10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
It is very similar to the basic message that we have been hearing from Proverbs among other places. People who are wise are gracious with their words. Fools tend to get themselves in trouble by what they say. It begins with simple foolishness, but if it goes unchecked, it can turn into madness.
The obvious lesson for us today is that we need to strive after wisdom. Notice that how we speak is related to if we are wise or foolish. Our words will be a consequence of the person that we are. It makes me think about how people know we are Christians. One way should be in our words. We should be wise in what we say. We should be gracious. We should not be saying things that swallow us up.
I am not talking about some kind of works-based salvation, but as a Christian, there ought to be evidences of a changed life, and our words are one thing that can be an evidence.
This was a review, but it cannot be emphasized enough. It is amazing how many Christian leaders or just average Christians like you or me have had their testimonies destroyed by what they say. We don’t need that to happen anymore.