Words & THE Word.

A friend of mine pinned the picture below to one of her Pinterest boards. The title caught my attention [and may seem a bit harsh at first glance], but the Bible verses {when read in their context} definitely deserve to be taken to heart when you have to decide whether to speak up or stay silent.

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PROVERBS 14:17 – A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.

PROVERBS 18:13 – To answer before listening–that is folly and shame.

DEUTERONOMY 17:6 – On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.

1 CORINTHIANS 8:11 – So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.

1 PETER 2:21-23 – To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at Him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, He made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly.

PROVERBS 14:9 – Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.

PROVERBS 8:8 – All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.

ECCLESIASTES 5:2 – Do not be quick with your mouth; do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

PROVERBS 17:27 – The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

PROVERBS 14:10 – Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.

PROVERBS 4:24 – Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

PROVERBS 16:27 – A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

PROVERBS 25:28 – Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

JAMES 3:9 – With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

PROVERBS 13:1 – A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

PROVERBS 18:21 – The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

PROVERBS 19:13 – A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

PROVERBS 24:24 – Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.

PROVERBS 14:23 – All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Does this mean we clam up and not say a single word? No! But I think we could all do ourselves a huge favor by keeping closer tabs on the words we say and how we say them. Thinking about this in the context of our popular culture, modern society, the cacophony of busyness, 24/7 news, social media…..we Christians have a responsibility to guard ourselves against falling into the same pit of fear and anger that so many have found themselves trapped in.

Use your words to build up, show grace, lovingly correct those who are wrong. Will we fail? Yes, miserably, time and time again. I know – I’ve been there. But God always has a way out – for me, sometimes it’s just a matter of closing my laptop or putting my phone down, and literally getting up and walking away from whatever argument or comment thread is getting under my skin.

Don’t let the weight of the world and what’s going on right now get to you. Pray about it, bring it to God — He’s in control and He knows what’s going to happen.

God’s got this!

 

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One thought on “Words & THE Word.

  1. Oh, amen! That’s a great list. Bit scary if you’re a writer and just pour out endless words. 🙂

    I really do believe we have the power of life and death in our tongues and we will be held accountable for our words. I’m sure there is mercy and grace there because none of us are perfect, but still, it’s really important.

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