Words of Wisdom

WORDS OF WISDOM

 

Why does Proverbs 16:23 say that the heart of the wise guides his words? What does our heart have to do with our speech? When our heart is not in sink with the word of God, our words will not promote the kind of instruction that produces healing and ultimately repentance. In Matthew 12:34, Jesus said that “…out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” If our heart is not full of gentleness, patience and humility, our words can ruin the hearer because rash words “pierce like a sword” (Proverbs 12:18; 2 Timothy 2:14).

 

Jesus commissioned His disciples to “go…and preach the good news (gospel) to all creatures” (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19). He did not send them to “go and quarrel among all nations.” Do you find yourself arguing with family members, friends or co-workers over scriptures and spiritual matters? Do your words promote instruction? 2 Timothy 2:23-26 teaches us that “the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful…

 

It is important for our words to help bring those who oppose the truth closer to God. We must be ready to battle, not with harsh or bitter words, but rather, with words spoken in humility, gentleness, and respect (2 Timothy 2:24; 1 Peter 3:15). We must keep our negative emotions under control if we are to win sinners over to the truth. As Philippians 4:5 says, let your gentleness be evident to all. Whether it be at home, at work or wherever you may be (1 Timothy 4:16).

 

When correcting those in error, how do they feel towards you? Do they feel refreshed and encouraged or crushed and embittered? Proverbs 15:1 reminds us that “a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Many times, you may say “let the world see Jesus in you.” Well, ask yourself, “do people see Jesus in me?” Be sure Jesus is present, not only in your actions, but also in your speech.

Let us use words that edify (Ephesians. 4:29). Keep in mind, Matthew 12:36-37 says that “…men will have to give an account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” †  

 


MEMORY VERSE:   Proverbs 12:18  ________________________________________________________________

 

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MONDAY: Read Proverbs 16:23-24. When correcting others, how do you come across? When being opposed, do you tend to come emotionally undone? Does the term “pleasant words” mean saying things to tickle the listener’s ears? What is the Lord teaching you here? Ask the Lord to help you be effective in teaching those who need instruction.

 

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TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 25:11. Do you speak in an appropriate time or do you tend to shoot from the hip? Do you think about what you are going to say before you say it? Ask the Lord to help you say what must be said in the appropriate time. Ask Him to help you to say words that heal and help those who are in need of encouragement.

 

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WEDNESDAY: Read Ecclesiastes 10:12. When wronged, are your words full of grace and mercy? Do you seek to right the wrong or you do tend to be unforgiving, unmerciful, and bitter towards those who hurt and/or oppose you? Read Genesis 50:15-21. Although wronged by his brothers, how did Joseph act towards them? What is the Lord teaching you in this verse? Ask the Lord to make you a man or woman whose heart is filled with grace.

 

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THURSDAY: Read Ecclesiastes 12:11. Look up the word “goad”. What does this proverb mean? Are you words inspiring or do they create fear, intimidation and rebellion? Read 2 Chronicles 10. Did this king choose wise council? Did he leave a good impression with his words? What was the outcome? Think about the people in your life: do you leave a positive impression on them with your words? Ask the Lord to make you a person whose words are inspiring, memorable and God-glorifying.

 

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FRIDAY: Read Isaiah 50:4. This is a messianic reference to Christ. What type of tongue did He possess? What did it bring? We are told to walk in the steps of Christ in 1 Peter 2:20-25. Do your words encourage the weary? How about those who oppose the truth? Do your words get them thinking or do they drive people further from the truth? Ask the Lord to fill your mouth with wisdom. Ask Him to make you more like Jesus in what you say and how you say it.

 

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

 

Read Genesis 50:15-21, on how Joseph acted towards his brothers who did him wrong. Talk about the importance of speaking kind words even when wronged. Discuss with your children the importance of being merciful to those who do wrong and pray with them, asking God to make your family, including yourself, to be a loving and merciful family, whose speech helps others to know and glorify God.

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