The Language of Growling

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient” (2 Timothy 2:24)

Growling is a language associated with dogs and cats, though animals such as raccoons and opossums speak the language as well. Growling is a universally understood language.  

Growling sends a warning. The growler is not happy with what is going on, and he may be thinking of going on the offensive. Growlers are unfriendly and not usually in a mood to work the situation out peacefully.  

Growling may be short or long. The longer the growling goes on, the less likely it is that the growler will take further action. On the other hand, a short, fierce growl may signal that someone needs to comply immediately or face dire consequences.  

Some people have in their homes a secluded and quiet room called a den, suitable for reading, writing, and relaxation. One little boy asked his friend, “Does your house have a den?” The other replied, “No, my daddy just growls all over the house.” Sad to say, some people do speak this language, and worse still, dads seem more prone to growling than anyone else.  

Does the Bible have anything to say about people who growl? Yes, it certainly does. Today’s key verse leaves no room in the vocabulary of God’s children for the language of growling. Dads need to be firm sometimes; they may even need to warn of dire consequences if someone’s behavior doesn’t change, but this signal should not be sent by growling. God has given us the ability to say anything that needs to be said in a sanctified manner. Growling should be left to the animal kingdom.  

My thoughts before they are my own 
Are to my God distinctly known; 
He knows the words I mean to speak, 
Ere from my opening lips they break. 

—Isaac Watts 

From Paws on My Porch, by Gary Miller
© 2015 TGS International, PO Box 355, Berlin, Ohio 44610
Used by permission 


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