Proverbs 15:1 - A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
Words have power! How are you using yours? Is it to build up or tear down?
I am sure that if we are ALL could be honest for a minute, we ALL can admit that we too are guilty of possibly saying the wrong word when angered or when things are just not going quite as well as we expect them.
We ALL are reminded in this text that circumstances and situations are not excuses that we can continue to use to spew out harsh, hurtful and painful words to others when life is not going our way.
We MUST remember that our words have power, be it kind or harsh. Kind words turns away wrath and harsh, grievous words stirs up anger.
Proverbs 18:21 -The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
People of God, fill you mouth with life and not death for you will reap what you sow.
The Apostle James says the tongue is unruly and no man can tame it, but we can pray and ask God to help us in bring our thoughts and words under subjection to the authority of His written Word and the leading of His Holy Spirit when we are tempted to speak words that tear down instead of build up.
Helpful or hurtful words? Building up or tearing down? What are our spoken words doing to others?
Revengeful and harsh words may seem appropriate and satisfying at the moment of our jealousy, anger or rage, but, the lasting effects from them can damage the mind, soul and spirit of someone, possibly forever.
As the people of God, we ALL must think and pray before we speak so that we can make sure that we are speaking words of wisdom, especially if we are angry or emotionally or mentally a wrecked at the moment because we are more vulnerable at this time and anything is bound to come out of our mouth without thinking about what are saying.
Proverbs 15:2- The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
We are reminded in the text above that the wise man or woman uses knowledge rightly by evidence of the words they say. The spoken words out of their mouth shows forth their wisdom.
Wisdom takes into consideration, what she speaks, when to speak, whom to speak and in what manner should we speak and if we should speak at all.
The mouth of fools does not care what it says, to whom they say it to, how they say it or who is offended by what was spoken by them.
Speaking as one of wisdom or as one who is a fool? Which describes you on today?
If it is your desire to allow the wisdom of God to rule and reign in our lives, hearts and spoken words, we can seek God for help because He loves us enough to freely give wisdom to all who ask of Him.
James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and without criticism, and it will be given to him.
Having a problem controlling what you say to others? God reminds of this in His Word that is found in Isaiah 50:4 The Sovereign LORD has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.
Helpful or hurtful words? We have a choice.
The Lord our God who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
God can and will help us in every area of life. Call upon the Lord on today for He can and will guide our mouth and what comes forth out of it if we would let Him.
Remember, it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. Check your heart against the Word of God and it will help us determine if what we are speaking is helpful or hurtful, building up or tearing down.
Helpful or hurtful words? Ponder this question today and seek God through the words of wisdom found in the book of Proverbs in God's Holy Bible and I promise you, that wisdom will jump from every page into your heart.
Helpful or hurtful words? Which are you speaking?
Word of God, speak to your people!