I am not too sure what message was intended with this window display! I hardly noticed what these mannequins were wearing I was so distracted by those huge lips. I am just as distracted by women who overdo the Botox in their lips to get that pouty look! Perhaps the idea is a bold in-your-face attitude that is thought to sell the clothes. Or maybe it was intended for Valentine’s Day kisses. But as far as this customer is concerned, they lost me!
Today’s verse is one of many in Scripture that teach on our lips and what they reveal about us. This verse was written by King Solomon, known for his God-given wisdom. A wise person and a fool are distinguishable from one another by what comes out of their mouths. The words from a wise person are gracious and win him favor. But what comes from the lips of a fool destroys him. He starts out speaking foolishness but as he keeps babbling, his words become wicked madness.
In our image-conscious culture I am often surprised by classy well-dressed people who destroy that perfect picture by what comes out of their mouths. But I know I can sound the same way. My words are not always gracious, especially when responding to hurt or injustice. I can look the fool when I jump to a wrong conclusion and I react instead of thoughtfully responding. Speaking like a fool comes easy. It is a much more difficult challenge to speak wise gracious words. Thankfully, God offers His wisdom when I ask Him (James 1:5) and the control of my tongue through His Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
Lord, make my words gracious today!