Monday, August 12, 2019

Proverbs 16:23-24, 22:17 NIV 2011

The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. 

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 

Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise…

Solomon and wise men wrote Proverbs. Solomon here chose prudence as his reminder: personal problems could lead to poor word choices when giving instructions. Job 15:5, “Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.” Thinking before speaking would be helpful. Proverbs 16:21, “The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.” Words chosen well are sweet and healthy for ones wellbeing. Proverbs 4:22, “for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” Wise men echoed Solomon’s words and seek God. Wisdom comes through faith in God’s Word.

Choosing our words wisely can sometimes be tricky in this world. Remembering to use words that build up instead of tear down is my constant quest. Convicted of having a critical spirit through prayer this weekend has caused me to mind what I say. Solomon and the wise men included this advise in God’s Word. I desire to have words that heal rather than break bones. It broke my heart when I saw the picture of our youngest grandson sporting a sling for his broken wrist. God help me chose wise healing words daily.

How do we seek God’s wisdom?

Using kind words together,

S

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