Fifteen {31 Days of Change}

There is much to be said about the power of words.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” {Proverbs 15;1-4}

A while ago, I came across this photo on Pinterest. I didn’t “pin it” because I hated it…but when I read today’s proverb, the image immediately came to mind.

I have kids that small and I’ve seen the look on their face when I have said something I really wish I hadn’t.  I can see the power of words all over their faces when I have hurt them with mine.  I can see in living color, the result of wickedness in my heart that overflows from my mouth.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” {Luke 6:45}

The proverb goes on to say that the lips of the wise spread knowledge, not so the hearts of fools.

What do I want my kids to know?  What do I want my husband to know?  What do I want you to know?  Or anyone I speak to or write to or talk with and walk with?

I want them to know how much God loves them.  I want them to know how treasured they are.  How they have been fearfully and wonderfully made, that they are fully loved and welcomed just as they are. That’s the kind of knowledge I want to spread, so my heart needs wisdom… It needs to be filled with wisdom so it will pour forth from my mouth.

Gentle words.

Life-giving words.

Prudence.

Great treasures.

Righteousness.

Cheer.

Patience.

Understanding.

Pure.

Humility.

Lord, forgive me for the words that may cause anger or folly…forgive me for my foolishness. Thank you for new mercies that begin again tomorrow.  Help every word come forth tomorrow with your grace and wisdom pouring forth.

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2 thoughts on “Fifteen {31 Days of Change}

  1. Krista Salazar says:

    The Bible says that what we say can get us INTO trouble or keep us AWAY from it. It can even save our lives. “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” Prov 13:3

    I’m quite guilty of this as well with my children & my spouse. I’ve learned that the best way to improve this part of my speech is to improve my heart. A heart filled with the Holy Spirit and the truth of the Word of God will produce godly speech that brings life to the speaker as well as the listener. Claiming that God works best in my weakness!

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