Hearing falsehoods that are opposite from the Word of God can promote faith in those falsehoods. An old adage says: If you tell a lie long enough some will believe it. We ought to examine what we watch and listen to through the lens of the Bible. God knows what we most need to hear and read and He has put it in the Bible. Satan knows what will be most effective in leading us away from the Lord and He has put a lot of it on TV.
The last part of Proverbs 4 is dedicated to the subject of friends. Solomon warns of the path of the wicked and the way of evil men. His advice for his son is to avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. Although parents should teach their children about the right and wrong kinds of friendships, that is not what jumped off the page to me. Verse 23 is a familiar verse that we have even used as a summer camp theme: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Your heart is important because it will dictate where you go and what you do. We are to guard (keep) our hearts with all diligence. That is a message in itself, but that is not what caught my attention.
Alright, are you ready for my discovery? Verse 24 says, Put away from thee a forward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Now, do you think the father is describing what the son says, or what the son hears? In this chapter about friendship, I had never stopped to consider that, in context, verse 24 is talking about what your friends say! To guard your heart (verse 23), you must guard what comes in your
ears and eyes and where your feet go (verses 24-27)!
What you say is important, but what other people say is important, too. We are more affected by what other people say than any of us would like to admit. Who are you listening to? Is their talk wholesome? Is their advice biblical? Do even their lyrics promote God*s way? If you are going to guard your heart, you must guard what you hear!