O Be Careful Little Mouth What you Say

As I was reading today’s text, I thought of the old children’s song, O Be Careful, Little Eyes.  I know that you’ve heart it before, but the last verse of that song goes like this.

O be careful little mouth what you say
O be careful little mouth what you say
There’s a Father up above
And He’s looking down in love
So, be careful little mouth what you say

I thought of that when I read the words that Jesus spoke in Luke 12: 1-3:

In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

whispering-smallThere is that great truth that we see in both the children’s song, but more importantly in God’s Word, for us to be careful what it is that we say.  For our words matter.  The way that we talk about people matters.

How we live, it really does matter.  The little song reminds us to be careful about what it is that we say.  Jesus reminds us to be careful about what it is that we do. And what we do, even in secret, is seen by God.

That’s not a scare tactic by Jesus. It’s not there to beat us up. But it is there to remind us that our lives matter.  How we live matters.

And we we engage or talk that is hurtful, it isn’t just hurtful to them, it’s hurtful to us. What we do in the dark, it causes us hurt.  It causes us pain.  It causes us destruction.  It hurts us too.

So, be careful today.  Live loved, because you are.

And love each other. Because we all need that love.

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