Over the next couple of E-Bulletins we are going to simply be looking at what Proverbs has to say about how we talk … the use of our tongue.
Proverbs has a good deal to say about the use of our tongue, both good and bad. This little member of the body has tremendous power to bless and to destroy. We saw this last week in James’ scathing expose of the tongue in James 3. The central message is that the tongue has tremendous power.
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
That is an incredible statement. There is awesome power in the spoken word. The phrase “those who love it” refer to those who love to use the tongue. Thus, those who love to talk must be prepared to accept the fruit of what they have said.
Here are some thoughts from Proverbs:
Words may be a source of refreshment or blessing:
In Proverbs 10:11 we read, “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.” A “Fountain of life” points to the mouth as a source of vitality. Just as a fountain offers refreshment to those who drink at it, so can the words of the righteous one offer life and blessing to those who listen.
In 10:21 we read the same message “the lips of the righteous feed many.” Our words can be a source of great blessing and refreshment.
Words may be a source of wisdom:
Proverbs 10:13 “On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found.”
Proverbs 20:15 “There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”
Words may be a source of healing:
Proverbs 12:18 “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Proverbs 16:24 “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
Our speaking has the ability to be healing to broken people.
It is amazing what power words have, to heal, to bring wisdom, to bless and refresh. Oh the power of words. Use them wisely and well to the Glory of God.
See You Sunday,