Be careful little ears what you hear

When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near

Casting Crowns – Slow Fade


“A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.” Woodrow Wyatt




Our ears, they hear, but do they always listen? We stick ear buds in them, put headphones over them, wear blue tooths on them, and pierce them. When we were little, we tried to remember to clean them so Granny couldn’t dig “taters outa there”.


There are no Bible verses about cutting off your ears, thank heaven! But there are some about how we should hear.


Proverbs 8:33 “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”

Proverbs 1:5 “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”


It also has a few things to say about how we shouldn’t use our ears.


Ecclesiastes 7:5 “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.”

Proverbs 19:27 “Cease, my son to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.”


Use your ears to become wise and gain knowledge, and don’t listen to fools or people who will lead you astray. Seems like a no-brainer; doesn’t it? But is it?


2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.


It does seem many “churches” today have motivational speakers instead of Pastors. The “don’t offend anyone, don’t step on any toes” attitude of today’s church has done more harm to the cause of Christ than any anti-Christian movement has ever done.


Yes, we all want praise, and we all want to feel good about ourselves, but let’s not sacrifice truth on the altar of self esteem.


Proverbs 26:28 “A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.”


It might be pleasant to have someone “spread it on thick” for a few minutes, but you can bet anyone laying on the flattery does not have your best interests at heart.


Proverbs 7:21-22 “With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;”


Those who would destroy your life don’t usually do it with harsh words. They do it with pretty words that make you feel good. Otherwise, why would you listen?


What you hear can affect your mood even when you don’t think you’re listening. Don’t believe it? Turn on an “end of the world” movie and take a nap. That’s why it’s important to choose your music carefully.


– Angry lyrics have been shown to increase anger and tension in teens

– A study of country music showed it could lead to depression.

– Music can lower inhibitions and increase arousal.

– Classical music lowers blood pressure and can lower tension.

– Very fast or chaotic rhythms can cause confusion, and decrease concentration.

– Up lifting songs, and upbeat rhythms increase productivity.



Be careful what you allow into your head, through your ears. Set your limits, before someone can talk you into something with pretty words. Ask yourself, “Will I gain knowledge, learn truth, or become more wise by listening?” “How does it affect the way I feel, the way I act?” Keep your ears “clean” in a way your Father would be proud of.




Oh, be careful little ears what you hear.
Oh, be careful little ears what you hear.
For the Father up above is looking down in love.
Oh, be careful little ears what you hear.



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