#4 When communicating with others, fools’ words expose a restless heart.
Behind a fool’s flurry of boisterous, reactive, self-centered speech lurks a noisy heart. Roman Catholic priest and author, Ronald Rolheiser describes this foolishness as “unbridled restlessness ” and when it rules a person’s inner life, it will inevitably spill out of his/her mouth – over and over again. The Bible paints a very vivid picture of this:
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Proverbs 26.11 NIV
The fool can not help but speak recklessly and conversations become awkward, sterile and repetitive. Often the fool is insensitive to others’ feelings and when the conversation is over, the fool may feel like he has had his/her say but the other person in the conversation often leaves feeling confused and/or hurt by the fool’s free flow of unbridled words.
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. Proverbs 29.19 NIV
There is no listening. There is no waiting. There is just the loose-lipped abundance of what festers in the fool’s heart.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “the heart of a fool is in his mouth but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.”
Hm. That’s good stuff.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6.45 NIV