Posted: Saturday, April 25
Verse of the day:
A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,but the words of the wise keep them safe. (Proverbs 14:3)
In these verses of Proverbs are listed three observations that contain a lot of wisdom. Verse 3 tells us how to recognize a foolish person. When you hear overly prideful remarks coming out of a person's mouth, there is a good chance that person will display foolishness. In contrast, a wise person will utter things that will actually preserve them. Many people's problems can be traced back to foolish speech. In today’s culture, we refer to it as "mouthing off." It is wise to keep our mouth silent under certain circumstances. A "loud mouth" will just stir up trouble. Many times you can discern what is in a person's heart by what comes out of their mouth. Bragging and prideful words reveal a foolish heart, while the wise will speak edifying things.
Luke 6:45 says, "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
Jude 1:16 goes on to say, “These people always complain and find wrong in others. They always do the evil things they want to do. They boast about themselves. The only reason they say good things about others is to get what they want.”
Probably one of my all-time favorite scriptures is found in Proverbs 13:17, (NAS), “A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing. (TLB), “An unreliable messenger can cause a lot of trouble. Reliable communication permits progress.”
Let us be reliable communicators by letting our words be wise and focused on Jesus and the one we are speaking to; Those kind of words will not only preserve us, but will bring health and healing to those around us.