Got Duct Tape?

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
— Proverbs 11:12-13 ESV


I read Proverbs 11:12-13 yesterday in my quiet time. My paraphrase of this verse is simple: "Just shut up!"

Can someone get me some duct tape?

When I read God's Word about the words that can come out of my tongue, I hear the Holy Spirit whispering, "Stay vigilant." And I do have to stay vigilant or my tongue, that little swashbuckling pirate, will begin to swing his sword.

Words cut deep: disparaging words, CRITICAL words, condemning words, unnecessary words. James was so right,

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! ... but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. James 3:5, 8-9 ESV

Maybe we all could use a little duct tape. But if you are looking for something a little more uplifting and a little less painful (when it gets ripped off), you are welcome to check out one of these posts:

  • The Hoover Dam And My Mouth (Click here)
  • If you ever wonder if the Hoover Dam was meant to hold back the words that want to spill out of your mouth . . .
  • The Power Of Your Words (Click here)
  • A great quote by William Faber, an important question to ponder, and more click-throughs if you want them.
  • The Surprising Words Of Theodore Roosevelt (Click here)
  • Soft words from the Rough Rider and a good reminder of how much you are loved.
  • The Power Of Your Words (Click here)
  • How many positive words does it take to offset a negative remark?
  • Even Eagles Need A Push (Click here)
  • A wonderful story about the power of words in the life of baseball legend, Jackie Robinson.

May God give you grace to use your words to build others up and not tear them down.