A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~Proverbs 15:1
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. ~Proverbs 15:2
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. ~Proverbs 15:4
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright. ~Proverbs 15:7
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. ~Proverbs 15:14
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply - and how good is a timely word. ~Proverbs 15:23
Our words have either the power to destroy or build up our relationships. We see two kinds of tongues here in these verses: one belonging to a wise person and the other belonging to a foolish person. James 3:5 tells us the tongue is a "small part of the body", yet we will see in Proverbs 18:21 that "death and life are in the power of the tongue".
Jesus tells us in Luke 6:45, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. If our hearts are critical, our words will be critical. If we have an ungrateful heart, we’ll have a grumbling tongue. Do you see how that works?
I've seen this truth played out in my own life. Thankfully, this is an area where the Holy Spirit has been dealing with me about in the last couple of years. I'm thankful also for His grace that has been alive and active in my life, helping me to be more aware of what's in my heart and to make the necessary changes I've needed to make.
I want a loving heart that creates a gracious tongue; a peaceful heart that creates a reconciling tongue; a faithful heart that creates a truthful tongue. These changes have only been able to become a reality in my life as I've gotten serious about reading God's Word every day. Soaking in God’s Word every day will help me to have a heart filled with God’s love and grace. Are there times that I may slip and fall back into critical or grumbling words? Yes, because I will never attain to perfection this side of Heaven. But by the power of God's grace at work within me, I'm able to get back up and strive to walk obediently in the knowledge that God has given me. That's when I'm walking in wisdom!
And when we are walking in wisdom, with our hearts filled with God's love and grace, the power of our words will be as a tree of life to those around us.
Please join me in this prayer for our words and what kind of power they will hold.
Heavenly Father, I pray that you would set a guard over my mouth and keep watch over the door of my lips so that my tongue would be a tree of life with the words I speak to others. I pray that You would continue to give me a hunger and a thirst for more of Your Word so that my heart would be loving, peaceful, and faithful, enabling me to walk in wisdom toward others in my life. In the life-changing name of Jesus I pray. Amen!
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