Book: Proverbs 13
“Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.”
What we say and how we say it is important for present and future results. Years ago when I was a co-owner of a business with my brother-in-law I noticed that when we met with a potential customer he would always walk out with a sale. I would say he was a gifted salesman. When I tried to sell, I would have the opposite result. It took me a while to figure out why he could sell and I could not. It was all about speaking words that were meaningful and helpful to the customer. Once they saw they needed the product or service and had confidence we could fulfill the order they were ready to purchase.
There is a saying, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!” that refers to being careful what you say to those who provide for you. It could refer to people in authority over you but also has implications towards your customers, employee’s and even partners.
Ephesians 4:29 clearly identifies what wise words are when it says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” When our words benefit others who are listening (and even those who are not listening) we are speaking wise Kingdom building words.
Ask the Lord to help you today speak “building up words” to those around you this day.