SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- This chapter features several "quick hit" pieces of wisdom that are short but deep.
- In verse 9, we read about those with integrity being able to walk securely.
- In verse 12 we read how hatred stirs up problems and love covers them.
- Verse 19 talks about someone we all know: that person who just keeps talking, and talking, and talking. Here the writer warns us not to be that person because “when words are many, sin is not absent.” The point is not “don’t talk,” but to instead carefully consider the words you speak.
- We have all had times when we didn’t tell the truth and we know that trying to keep up with the lies can be difficult. Eventually our lies are exposed. Living a life of integrity is a way to walk securely.
- Have you ever had a time when you responded with love when a conversation starts going bad and then somehow, as if by magic, the other person’s tone softens a bit and an argument is avoided? That's what it it means for love to "cover" problems.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Is there a lie you're trying to keep up? Take time today to talk to God about it, and to confess to people who matter to you. It's a hard step, but it's the most freeing one you can take.
- Do you have someone in your life with whom you are constantly chippy? Someone you talk to more harshly than lovingly? Shift your tone to a loving one and watch how the relationship changes for the better.