USELESS CHATTER . . . Listen to how “useless” it can be

“Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid: neither shall vengeance, when it punisheth, pass by him. For inquisition shall be made into the counsels of the ungodly: and the sound of his words shall come unto the Lord for the manifestation of his wicked deeds. For the ear of jealousy heareth all things: and the noise of murmurings is not hid. Therefore beware of murmuring, which is unprofitable; and refrain your tongue from backbiting: for there is no word so secret, that shall go for nought: and the mouth that belieth slayeth the soul.” (Reference: Wisdom 1:8-11 )

You cannot hid the the dumb (or worse) things you’ve said. You can’t hid behind untruths. And you cannot hid yourself from being found out. You can’t avoid punishment for the things you’ve said that you should have. God will found out and so will the people around you. In addition, the results of your poor choices of words will be found out too. You will be punished for that.

There may well be people, for their own purposes, who listen and search out ill-chosen words and the consequences of them. These people may also add their punishment; or if you are lucky, just their discipline. Nothing that is said can be hidden; it will come out eventually. And the final consequence is the corruption of your soul.

Now, what were you saying?

May you, beloved, weigh your words carefully so that they may do you proud and glorify the Lord. Selah!

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