1Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
3 When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace.
The word ‘isolate’ in this passage can also mean unfriendly and separated. This is referring to the person who is isolated/separated from the law and the ways of the Lord, hence they are not tethered nor accountable to the Lord. When this occurs, the concern is no longer about how to please and honor the Lord with our speech, instead they will make their own selves the only determiner of what comes out of their mouths. This leads a person to speak out of self-preservation, self-protection, vengeance, anger, bitterness, suspicion, etc. However, that is no longer the reality of our lives. As it says in Colossians 1:22 “Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” We are now reconciled and tethered to the Lord, therefore our speech is to now reflect that very reality.
In what ways should our speech now reflect our reconciliation with/in Christ instead of isolation?
What are the words/language that we should no longer as we are now tethered to the Lord?
Lord Jesus, may our speech now reflect the reconciling work you’ve done on the cross. As we live in your very presence—holy and blameless, may our speech also reflect this wonderful truth. May my words declare the wonderful work you’ve done in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.