Proverbs 18:21

Good Words

A major portion of our time each day is given to talking.  Possibly that is why there are so many instructions in the Bible concerning words.  The Biblical guidelines remind us to think before we speak, and our words should be helpful, encouraging, pleasant, and God-honoring.  Yet many times we speak vain, unkind, hurting, and destructive words.  Instead of helping others, we injure and offend them. 

Check out Psalm 19:14.  This commitment of David should be our commitment as well.  Words are easily spoken but remain embedded in the mind and heart of those to whom we speak.  The quick and harsh word, spoken in the heat of the moment, creates strife and grief in the listener. 

By the grace of God and in obedience to the Holy Spirit, let’s be a “vessel of honor” today.  Our goal should be to speak words of encouragement, blessing, peace, and kindness to others and bring honor to our Lord. 

Words DO Matter

Someone has said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and as we look at these orphaned children in Myanmar, many thoughts come to our mind.  Alone, happy, abandoned, yet cared for, and thankful for life are just some of the “words” that this picture generates. 

However, we must be cautious and considerate in the words that we speak each day.  The average person spends a great deal of time daily in communicating with others, and we are reminded in the Bible that words DO matter.  Today each person has the choice to build, encourage, lift, and bless with their words, or they may choose to hurt, destroy, embarrass, and discourage others.

In James 3 we are reminded that the tongue is a small part of the body but has great power.  We must not forget that words come so quickly but have the power to linger in the hearts and minds of others for a long time.  Today is not a rehearsal for later.  This is real life, and we will speak many words.  We need to carefully consider the instructions of God’s Word especially as it relates to our speech today.

Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”