Morning Morsels 080: The Ear of the Wicked

If you are not offended by vile speech, then you need to work on laying to rest the old you.

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Shalom, and happy morning to you. When the old man or woman in us dies—when our old ways of life have been put to rest—we should no longer be moved by the things the old, worldly versions of us were moved by. Certain things should lose their appeal, but if they don’t that is the signal that the old you is not truly dead. Therefore, on a daily and continuous basis, you must seek to put that old you to rest.

One of the most successful avenues used to keep us in our old frames of mind and best allows us to rub shoulders with the wicked and completely identify with them is to give ear to the words of their evil lips. If you are not offended by vile speech—essentially words no one could imagine being uttered during prayer—then you need to work on laying to rest the old you by starving your ear of the corrupt audible stimuli it is used to. That means the music you listen to has to change; the gossip you used to incline your ear to has to be blocked out; and words that offend should not be accepted by your hearing with ease or joy, for:

4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

—Proverbs 17:4

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