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Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear

Posted: Monday, July 1

[Pastor Stephanie Humpa// Pastoral Care

[Pastor Stephanie Humpa// Pastoral Care

July 1 Reading:

2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Acts 21:1-17
Psalm 149
Proverbs 18:8

Click Here For The One Year Bible Reading Guide

Verse of the day

“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.” (Proverbs 18:8)


When I was growing up I learned a song at church called “O Be Careful Little Eyes.” You probably know it.  Reading this verse reminds me of some of the lyrics. The song says,

 “O be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little ears what you hear
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little tongue what you say
O be careful little tongue what you say
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little tongue what you say”

It’s a simple song but its message is good to remember. No matter how hard you try you can’t unhear something and you can’t unsay something.  Proverbs warns us about the power of gossip. Gossip is “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” The commentary in my Study Bible puts it this way, “It is as hard to refuse to listen to gossip as it is to turn down a delicious dessert. Taking just one morsel of either one creates a taste for more. You can resist rumors the same way a determined dieter resists candy- never even open the box. If you don’t nibble on the first bite of gossip, you can’t take the second and the third.”

Gossip goes down to the deepest part of you and changes you and changes how you view others. Often it causes pride and cynicism to creep into your life. Neither of which will cause you to become closer to who God wants you to be. So like the preschool song says, “Be carefully little ears what you hear and be careful little tongue what you say.”