(Proverbs 26:23 KJV) Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
Again we see a recurring theme in Proverbs, the “wicked” (7451a) “heart” (3820). It always amazes me how people don’t want to acknowledge the sinful nature. All Christians have original sin as part of their doctrine. It may be defined slightly differently, be dealt with at different times and with varying success and effect your life by suggestion or dominance, but all admit that it is a problem.
But it is a problem with a solution. That is also a theme of Proverbs. It is possible to be a person who is not controlled by the wicked heart. That is why we hear repeated reference to the righteous, the upright, the faithful.
So? Don’t be discouraged or live in Fantasyland. The problem is real. The solution is available. Rejoice and be glad as we celebrate the Advent season, the coming of the solution.