Loose lips sink ships.
Loose lips sink ships, a phrase that originated during World War II, is an American English idiom meaning “beware of unguarded talk.” The phrase was created by the War Advertising Council and was used on propaganda posters by the United States Office of War Information.
It would be wise to apply this phrase to spiritual warfare as well.
When talk goes on too long, we’re at risk of sinning with our words, as the following scripture says: Where words are many, sin is not wanting; but those who restrain their lips do well (Proverbs 10:19).
A translation of the Bible I used for many years rendered the first half of this verse “where words are many, sin is inevitable.” Whoa.
But there is a bright side. When we use these same words to examine our conscience, they reveal the judgment and unforgiveness or even people-pleasing and cowardice still lurking in our hearts. God can heal those sins when we confess them, and we’ll never do that if we can’t even name the problem.
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