Book: Proverbs 10
“The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.”
The words that come out of our mouth can bring life or can bring death. The godly and wise give loving words of life to those who need it. Their words encourage, build up and give positive guidance. These words help teach about God and the vision He has for the listener. This helps set them on the best pathway for their life. Both the giver and receiver are blessed because they are both giving and receiving from the King.
You may have watched and listened as two people communicate the same information. One message is eagerly received while the other is not. What makes the difference? It is how it is presented.
I serve some ministry leaders who are required to raise their own financial support. We talk about Biblical principles of fundraising compared to how often fundraising is done. I encourage them to build true partnerships based on a solid God given vision instead of going down the path of asking for funds based on stirring emotions of guilt. By following Biblical principles, these ministry leaders end up being supported longer, stronger and in ways they could not have imagined. The difference is the way the words are put together that come out of their mouth.
The words that come out of our mouth reflect what is in the heart. A person who is full of wisdom in their heart will speak words of wisdom. A person who speaks in an angry way probably has anger in their heart. A person who speaks with words to deceive others has deceit in their heart.
So how do things get into our heart that end up coming out through our mouths? Glad you asked! What we take in through our eyes (books, movies, etc), the people we associate with, the things we think about, the things we do, and the amount of time we spend with God all feed into our heart. As the saying goes, ‘garbage in, garbage out’. God desires that out of our mouth would come a fountain of wisdom from Him.
Consider what your words say about what your heart is full of. May they be words of wisdom and joy that bless others.