"The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Proverbs 16:23-24
"A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire. A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good. Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity; whoever pursues their lips is bent on evil." Proverbs 16:27-30
When a gossip or a hot head is mentioned in the Bible, the words evil and perverse and conflict and violent are used quite often. Nothing good comes from the mouths of gossips and hot heads. And nothing good comes from listening to them either. Proverbs 26:22 says, "The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts." I like the way it is said in the Message Bible: "Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly?" The Bible warns us over and over again that gossip destroys everyone who has a part of it. Gossips and hot heads promote destruction, dissension, and conflict that bring hurt and pain to others. Many times we hear the negative sides of peer pressure. However, I believe in the positive sides of peer pressure, too. When someone around you begins to use gossip or becomes hot-headed, just walk away. Let them know quickly that you will not be a part of gossip or conflict or dissension. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:23-24, "The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Proverbs 18:20-21 goes on to say, "From the fruit of the mouth a person's stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." The words we use can actually bring life or death to those who hear us speak. I don't know about you, but I want to bring life to those who hear me speak. I don't want to be a person described as evil, perverse, violent, or one who causes conflict. If you are a gossip, a hot head, or one who listens to gossips or participates with hot heads, turn to God immediately. Ask God to forgive you and fill you with His words and His peace. You can become a person who brings life to your home, your workplace, your church, your school, and your community. It begins in our hearts, and God is all about changing our hearts. In Matthew 12:34-35, Jesus said it best: "For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings up evil things out of the evil stored up in him." He goes on to say this in verses 36-37: "But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."