What Just Happened?

You have seen the race that gets a little out of control. We had one of those at MIS a few weeks ago. The guys just struggled and were going a few laps and a caution over and over. I have seen times that guys got so heated they go after another driver and I have seen where guy goes to spin another guy only to end up spinning out himself. How embarrassing!

We can do that in life too. We need to be careful with our words and actions and not spin ourselves out in life. Can you check your words before you speak them? That is a good habit to get into, that is, to check our words before speaking.

Proverbs 26:17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

If you like to get bit by a dog, grab ‘s ear. That would be foolish. One of the most dangerous things for a police officer to have to deal with is to respond to a domestic dispute. Emotions are charged and people are not in their right minds. Be slow to jump into someone else’s quarrel.

Proverbs 26:18-19 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”

It is not a good thing to get caught and add “just kidding” to try to get out of it. Don’t be a madman or a mad man. Both are not good.

Proverbs 26:20-21 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

Echo of verse 17. We can add to an argument or we can help stop it. Truth is a key to this and knowing when to just be quiet. Instead of stirring the pot we need to turn the heat off and let things cool down. The opposite response is to say nothing. We can be completely silent and that is not good either.

Proverbs 26:22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Shouting is rarely an effective parent or marriage tool and has no place at work either. It is best to stay calm and think and listen and speak with control (self-control) that is, not controlling. That too is a dangerous thing.

Proverbs 26:23 Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.

We see the cheap knockoffs that are sold at too high a price and don’t last like the real deal. So liars are shown for what they really are. Once they have been tested the truth always comes out.

Proverbs 26:24-26 Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Do you enjoy it when a person does not like you and you don’t really care for them and you both put on false impressions and words? Those are not glorifying to God and we should not be that way. We need to be careful not to get involved with the false person. We need to be discerning.

Proverbs 26:27-28 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.

In the book of Esther we see Haman build gallows and then die on them. Have you have seen the “funny” videos where a person does something and it backfires and they get hit instead? Our words can do that so easily so be careful. Don’t build your own gallows in words; thoughts or deeds.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

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