Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 6:2 if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, 3 then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. 4 Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber;
Trapped By Our Own Words
As believers, we all have shortcomings and we sin. However, if we do not apologize to others when we misrepresent Christ, we have no testimony to show for repentance… if we even had it.
Solomon set the conversation for us in verse one with the scenario that if… if… we have aligned and supported someone on some issue that goes against what is right and true… If we have comforted or encouraged someone in them turning away from Gods word… Solomon is now telling us to stop what you’re doing and run to your neighbor to set things right.
He says that in making things right we are saving ourselves as though our words have caught us in a snare or trap if you will. Our words have went out… and we were snared… Like a small bird our neighbor has us in his hand… Our words have made us his… He can use them against us using our reputation as security… Our words were our pledge to him. Now he uses them to continue to rationalize his own sin.
In Solomon’s illustration there were actually two caught in the snare of sin; us and our neighbor. And so as believers we first turn to Christ and then run to our neighbor to set our words right before him and at the same time possibly save him from the snare of sin as well.