Proverbs 15:1-4 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
I remember as a child watching a movie that had a line in it which said something like; to say what you mean, and to mean what you say are not the same thing. For example, to say, “I see what I eat” is not the same as to say, “I eat what I see.” The same words are used, but the meaning is completely different. To see what you eat is logical, and right for a sighted person. However, to say I eat what I see, well that could have you over in a field eating grass, just because you saw it..
Words are very important. Not only are words important, but it’s also important how we use them in conversation. In our verses today, it says; “The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” Much too often we as Christians speak before we even think of how this will affect someone else. In defense of this rudeness, we say things like, “Well the truth will always be the truth no matter what,” or I’ve heard, “I just don’t candy coat things, I give it to people just like it is.” While both of those statements can be good at times, there are times we need to think a bit before we speak. The Bible tells us to tell the truth. However, Jesus tells us to use the truth with Love. (Eph. 4:15)
Love will always cause us to stop for a moment and ask ourselves the question, “How will the one I’m saying this to, or the one I am talking about understand what I am about to say, and the way I say it?” We must always remember to be considerate, and to love one another. If we do, then we will use the truth wisely to help, and not hurt each other.
In James chapter 3, we are warned about an uncontrolled tongue. Let’s begin today by using our tongue wisely. Let’s try to remember to first use it to speak with God before we speak with, or about others.
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