Scripture has much to say about our speech…
Tree of Life Version
12 “Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious,
but the lips of a fool destroy him.
13 The words from his mouth begin as folly
and end as grievous madness—”
Controlling the tongue is no small matter.
Words reveal the heart (Matt. 12:34-37). Our tongues can be a source of great healing or great hurt (Jas. 3:1-12).
These two verses reveal that it is impossible to conceal what type of people we are.
Our speech will give us away—whether we are wise or foolish.
The Bible teaches us…
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
These words are instruction and wisdom that we need to learn and apply to our life, especially when it comes to our appropriating our needs!
22 “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.
23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them!”
Monday, March 7
The Winning Walk
by Dr Ed Young
THE POWER OF WORDS
King Solomon recognized the dangers of putting a little person in a big position.
Just let a fool talk, he reasoned, and his words will get the better of him.
Words are powerful things. Used rightly, they bless, encourage and instruct.
Used haphazardly, they can wound, confuse and destroy.
Leaders-in-training at West Point are taught economy with words early in their careers.
They begin their freshman year with a severely limited vocabulary.
Plebes may answer questions from their superiors in only four ways:
Yes, sir; No, sir; No excuse, sir; and Sir, I do not understand.
“Yes, sir” and “No, sir” teach the value of being direct.
“No excuse, sir” ensures that they learn to think in terms of teamwork and success.
“Sir, I do not understand” impresses cadets with the importance of making sure instructions and expectations are crystal clear.
It is a rather limited vocabulary-but it works, and any system for developing leaders that has been honed for nearly two centuries probably has as much to teach us ordinary folks as it does future generals.
The bottom line is this: a wise man (or a wise woman) carefully measures his words.
Jesus told his followers to “let your yes be yes and your no be no.”
A fool says too much, and often says it recklessly.
Understand the impact and the power of words.
I learned many years ago that before I broadcast my profound opinion based on excellent insight, I had better get all the facts that are available and seek the whole truth, not just a piece of it.
The fool is indiscreet, but the wise man measures his words.
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him.
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