10:11” The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life”
10:13 “wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning”
10:19 “when there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is prudent”
10:20 “the tongue of the righteous is pure silver”
10:21 “the lips of the righteous feed many”
10:31 “the mouth of the righteous produces wisdom”
10:32 “the lips of the righteous know what is appropriate”
We’ve all done it. We’ve all done it too many times to count.
We’ve said something and regretted it. And like toothpaste in a tube; once it’s out, you can’t put it back. We have both been the source of words that wound and the recipient of words that wound. And Like a tiny rudder on a large ship, the power in our tongue is perhaps our biggest source of influence; for good and for the not so good.
When you read scripture, and especially when you read through the book of Proverbs, it is AMAZING how many of these tiny exhortations have to do with the power of our words!
Matthew 12:34 says, “The mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart”. Think back to the last time you spoke and later regretted your words, or the “tone” of your words. Now stand back and think about what those words might reveal about your heart at that time. Controlling the tongue starts with the heart. Work on your heart and you’ll work on your words.
In Ephesians 4:29 we are exhorted to “Let NO corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only as is good for building up, which fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
So how do we give grace to those who hear our words?… by remembering that we are recipients of AMAZING grace! Tell your heart the good news of Jesus Christ and you will be a grace speaker. Remember the words God spoke to you in His word and words of life will spill out of your mouth.
Oh Lord….” May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord my rock and my redeemer!” Ps. 19:4