“Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops” (Luke 12:3).Text — Luke 12:1-3
Dionysius of Syracuse who lived between 430-367 B.C. was believed to have an ear-shaped cave cut and connected between the rooms of his palace such that conversations in one room could be heard in another room. Hence, the origin of the saying, “walls have ears.” The Scriptures similarly cautioned us: Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter (Ecclesiastes 10:20). Spoken words are powerful. Conversations are easily overheard and reported. And unfortunately, they are reported with distortions and modifications.
In this era of informants and dissemblers, be careful what you say and to whom you say it. Many have uttered words that they wish they could go back and “rewind the tape.” Unfortunately, our words cannot be unsaid and our actions cannot be undone. We may augment, clarify, apologize and re-state. But we cannot really withdraw our statements. Some precious lives have been lost due to unguarded statements. Mind your speech.
Spoken words are powerful.
We cannot really withdraw our statements.
Prayer for today
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.