The Overflow Of The Heart

I want to call attention to a few verses in Proverbs 15 that deal with our words.
Verses 1-2 do just that:

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. – Proverbs 15:1-2 (NIV)

Verse 4 addresses our speech as well:

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. – Proverbs 15:4, (NIV)

Verse 7 is the other verse in Proverbs 15 that talks about our words:

The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools. – Proverbs 15:7, (NIV)

What are your words doing today?  Are they:
  • Turning away wrath? (verse 1)
  • Commending knowledge? (verse 2)
  • Bringing healing? (verse 4)
  • Spreading knowledge? (verse 7)

or are they:

  • Stirring up anger? (verse 1)
  • Gushing folly? (verse 2)
  • Crushing the spirits of others? (verse 4)
  • Speaking foolishness? (verse 7)

Our tongues reveal our hearts.  Jesus said, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34b, NIV).  If our hearts are full of bitterness and anger, they will speak bitter, angry words.  If our hearts are full of folly and worldliness, we will say foolish, worldly things.  But if our hearts are filled with God’s love and a love for others, we will be able to speak words of kindness and healing to those who are hurting.  If we seek the wisdom of the Lord, we will spread the knowledge of the Lord.  We have to protect our hearts and be wary of what we put into them.  For what goes into our hearts will come out of our mouths.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to choose my words wisely today and to use them well.  Fill my heart with Your love that I might speak words that are kind and words that heal and build up those who are hurting.  Thank You for Your Word and for Your Son, in Whose name I pray, amen.


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