The Power of Words
21 The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.
12 It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor; a sensible person keeps quiet.
21 Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.
1 Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.
Words have power. Use them wisely.
Do words have real power? Yes! Can the lips of the righteous nourish many? Yes! Words can heal and bring forgiveness, or they can divide and cause discord. Yet many of us ignore these truths and are not careful or wise with our words. Words roll off of our tongue so easily, yet we all know that they can never be taken back. Goodness knows there have been many times when I have said things to my husband, family, or friends that I only wish could be taken back.
Imagine what could happen here at Temple, in our homes, in our neighborhoods and our community, if we really believed what God says about our words... and if we didn’t just read what he says, but put it into practice. What if we used our words to glorify God by building up, encouraging, loving... rather than using our words to gossip, teardown, or in other hurtful ways.
God takes our words very seriously, and so should we. (Eph. 4:29, Prov. 12:18, Math. 12:36, Col 4:6, Psalms 19:14 and many more!). Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 “ The mouth speaks out of which fills the heart”. So what we need is a heart transformation and a mind filled with God‘s wisdom which is found in His word!!
Questions To Ponder
What do the first three verses seem to suggest gives “good sense?”
Who does the Bible say is the provider of wisdom and understanding?
Assess what influences your understanding and ask God to give you wisdom that comes from Him and His people.
Scripture Memory | January | Proverbs 17:9
“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”