Solomon was a wise judge and advocate for the poor. There were no handouts or judgement in favor of the poor worth millions of dollars for being slighted. Just an outcome of fairness and equity. Many of our problems arise from folly (foolishness), but can be calmed and controlled by wisdom. Anger and wrath often stir up trouble, but men of discretion who learn to control anger and wrath do not have to result to force to stop fights or resolve issues. Anger is foolish and is visibly seen immediately. It generally does not resolve the situation, only makes it worse. Some likely contributors to incidents in Solomon’s day and ours: drunkeness, pride, uncontrolled tongues and lies.
I challenge you to look around you this week in your workplace, home, church or wherever you are and listen to the conversations and how people speak. It is fascinating. You will really be surprised at the things you hear and see. You may have been hearing and seeing them for years, but wrote them off as “normal” behavior. They are not normal, but they are becoming more and more common.
Here is a sample comparison of some of the types of behavior from Foolish men (and women) you may see or hear:
Proverbs 14:17 Quick Temper.
Proverbs 25:23 Spiteful tongue keeps the fire fueled.
Proverbs 19:19 Repeats itself if not controlled.
Proverbs 30:33 Causes contention and strife.
Proverbs 30:14 Vicious.
Proverbs 14:29 Impulsive.
Proverbs 14:16 Careless.
Proverbs 12:15 Self-Righteous.
Proverbs 18:6 Quarrelsome.
Just remember this: What you say and what you do not say are both important. Proper speech is not only saying the right thing at the right time, but it is controlling your desire to say something you should not. Before you speak you should ask yourself 3 simple questions:
- Is it true?
- Is it kind?
- Is it necessary?
The power of words is misunderstood. They can hurt, wound, divide people and do terrible damage. Think before you speak and do not be defined by foolishness and a careless tongue.
Here is the list of UN – that defines the foolish:
Proverbs 27:8 UNstable.
Proverbs 26:6 UNreliable.
Proverbs 30:21-23 UNbearable.
Proverbs 26:4-5 UNreasonable.
Proverbs 29:11 UNrestrained.
Proverbs 12:16, 14:33
Proverbs 14:8 UNtruthful.
Don’t be one of the UN generation. Practice WISDOM daily in speech and action.