Indiscretion means behavior or speech that is indiscreet or displays a lack of good judgment. My 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary says, “The grossest vices pass under the fashionable name indiscretion.” This is rampant in our day right now. Evil is called good and good is called evil.
Ham’s indiscretion resulted in God cursing Canaan his son (Genesis 9:25). Rueben’s indiscretion caused him to lose his first born preeminence (Genesis 49:3-4). David’s indiscretion resulted in murder, and adversity against him in his own house (2 Samuel 12:9-11).
The list goes on throughout Scripture. 1 Corinthians 10:6 says, “Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.” James clearly helps us understand how we are ensnared by temptations to evil.
James 1:14 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” Verse 16 says, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Temptations abound. Discreet means careful and circumspect in one’s speech or actions, especially in order to avoid causing offense. Ephesians 5:15 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.”
All sin is first a thought. Offenses will come, but what we do with them in the moment determines what kind of fruit we will bear—bitter or sweet. Here is a quote from Amy Carmichael. “For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted.”
Our heart is the wellspring of our words. An artesian well refreshes with pure effervescent flowing water. Proverbs 4:23 ESV says, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
James 3:11 asked a question that helps us recognize the impossibility of life-giving words coming out of a heart that is bitter from unresolved resentments. It says, “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?” The answer is no.
Our words wound or heal. They come from our heart out our mouths. Let’s adopt David’s words from Psalm 141:3-4 says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.”