Pearls and Pigs
There is a parable in the Bible referring to pearls and pigs. Its simple meaning is this, watch what you say.
Your words are “your pearl”.
We have all done this. You offer “your pearl” to someone, only to have your words misunderstood, misconstrued and the whole situation turns from bad to worse.
You are hurt. You offered your pearl to a friend, only to have it rejected.
Your motive was right, however the timing, the person, and everything else was wrong.
Do Not Waste Your Words
Jesus gives us some great advice. He says, “do not waste your words on those who are argumentative and hostile”.
Generally, these people don’t listen to Him either. Although it is tempting to set the record straight and defend yourself or just share from your heart, “your pearl” however, sometimes the godliest thing we can do is just keep quiet.
I believe that is why the scripture refers to the allegory of “pearls and pigs”. They are opposites. One is priceless and one is not. Jesus says be careful.
A few nuggets of truth.
“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you”. Matthew 7:6″
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain”. James 1:26
“Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips”. Psalm 141:3
“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles”. Proverbs 21:23
Pearls and pigs, they just don’t mesh.
“Dear Heavenly Father, help me to be wise. Please ‘set a guard over my mouth’ and give me the wisdom when to speak and when not too”.