Speech: Proverbs 15.4 VOTD

“Speech that heals is like a life-giving tree, but a perverse tongue breaks the spirit.”

Proverbs 15.4

As a book of wisdom through the fear of God, Proverbs emphasizes the power of the word and its influence upon others.

In what ways can speech heal and give life?

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Christmas party shock

They were drawing names and giving out Christmas gifts at the party. The room was crowded, and two people were designated to carry the gifts to peopchristmas-presentsle when their names were called.

A name was called for a lady. She immediately rose and met the gift-giver halfway. She had the prettiest smile on her face. The excitement was running high in the room.

Someone near me turned and said, “She just had to get up so everybody could see her.” Oh, my! Shock and surprise overcame me as I looked to see the lady, still smiling, with her gift. And then I thought, the tongue. There it is. In all the wonderful hustle and bustle of the Christmas gift-giving season, when excitement was at a high level, Satan was at work. He used his tool to squash some of the joy from the evening. Oh, I don’t think the person meant any harm. It was one of those moments when a person’s thoughts came out before they had time to stop them.

The tongue is an unruly evil. It is hard to control. Someone has said if you want to learn a person, go fishing with them. As women we might say, go shopping with them. Clydetta Fulmer said, “As Christians, we are to be people of few words.” She’s right. We need to listen and think more than we speak. Remember two ears, one mouth?

Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics taught us to pretend every person we met had a sign around their neck which said, “Make me feel special.” We should say uplifting things to others, to think of good things, and squash unkind things as quickly as possible.

The first Bible verse we learned in school, yes school, was printed on a foot ruler they gave us. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

We’d do well to think before we speak and take three breaths before we answer a question. We need to go about doing good as we follow the Savior’s example in speech and deeds.

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Did you know that Solomon warned about Twitter?

Did you know Twitter has been around thousands of years? King Solomon even warned about the trouble it could get you into:

Do not curse the king, even in your thought; do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; for a bird of the air may carry your voice, and a bird in flight may tell the matter.” (Ecclesiastes 10:20)

Who says Solomon’s wisdom was only good for the times that he was living in? Definitely not anyone who’s found their selves regretting the amount of trouble that 140 characters or less can cause!

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Hugh’s News & Views (Words)

THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH

David prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14, NASB).

Someone said that it is easy to “slip” with our tongue because it is in such a slippery place. The brother of Jesus wrote: “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2, NKJV). Christ Himself said, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37). Continue reading

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Comment this verse: Ephesians 4.29

“You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear” (NET).

A friend commented on this verse elsewhere. It seemed appropriate to post it here and invite others to make their comments on it. What say you?

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(#60) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:18-19-Sword swallowing 101

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:18-19: “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. 19 The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment.”

Whoever composed the children’s rhyme, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” never read this proverb. Words can penetrate, slash, slice, peel, and pare the very core of a person’s heart. Verbal “bullying” can produce a defeat the same as physical “bullying.” Another proverb says, “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body” (Proverbs 18:8). People are as eager to swallow talebearing as if it were “tasty trifles.” The “lying tongue” is quickly proven to be “lying,” thus the life of a lie is “but for a moment.” No one should give a “talebearer” an ear to bear the tale to! Jesus Christ thought names and labels can be hurtful when He said: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:21-22). Propagandists specialize in using hurtful names and labels that intimidate the souls of good people.

“The tongue of the wise” can speak words that go deeply into another person’s heart, but they do not hurt or injure, for they are “truth.” “Truth” is eternal, because it originated with God, for: “He is a God of truth” (Deuteronomy 32:3-4); “For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth” (Psalm 33:4); so that we may “know the certainty of the words of truth” (Proverbs 22:21); Jesus’ enemies even said, “we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth” (Matthew 22:16); and Jesus declared, “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). Truth will always prevail, “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (2 Corinthians 13:8). Let us never be victimized by the “lying tongue,” but seek the “health” that only comes from the truth!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Speak Gently

Speak Gently

Speak gently; — it is better far
To rule by love than fear;
Speak gently, — let no harsh word mar
The good we may do here.

Speak gently to the young, — for they
Will have enough to bear;
Pass through this life as best they may,
Tis full of anxious care.

Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the care-worn heart;
The sands of life are nearly run,
Let them in peace depart.

Speak gently to the erring ones,
They must have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
O, Win them back again!

Speak gently, — ’tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart’s deep well:
The good, the joy, that it may bring,
Eternity shall tell.

—Bates (The Gospel of the Kingdom edited by Hugh Croskery, 1878)

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

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