June 16th 2010

Words Of Life

Solomon wrote:  “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
Proverbs 25:11 (NIV)
Solomon “sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:10 NLT).  Throughout the Bible we can see the power of words and we know the world was created by God’s word–He spoke and it was done (Hebrews 11:3 NIV).  “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made.” (Psalm 33:6).

Matthew 12:34 (NKJV) tells us, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  Have you ever thought of your words as expensive?  “I promise”, “I confess”, “I’m sorry”, “I give up”.

Proverbs 13:3 (NLT) tells us words can destroy.  “Those who control their tongue will have a long life:  opening your mouth can ruin everything.”  What we say probably has more effect on others than anything else we might do.  So let’s think before we speak.

Instead of using expensive words, let’s use helpful words, words that bring healing (Proverbs 12:18) and encouragement (verse 25).  The Book of Proverbs is full of guidance on this subject.  Here are just a few examples:
“Too much talk leads to sin.  Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” (Proverbs 10:19)
“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”  (Proverbs 15:1)
“Everyone enjoys a fitting reply:  it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time….the Lord delights in pure words.”  (Proverbs 15:23, 26)
“The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.” (Proverbs 15:28).
“Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”  (Proverbs 16:24).
“Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut and you will stay out of trouble.” (Proverbs 21:23)

So in conclusion, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.” (1 Peter 3:10)

“You are writing a gospel, a chapter a day,
By the deeds that you do, by words that you say.”
(‘The Gospel According To You’ from the book, “Poems That Preach” compiled by John R. Rice).

Father, please help me to think before I speak so that the words I use are acceptable to you and helpful, not a hindrance to others.
Study by Jill Newman
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