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Being Wise With Our Words



Today I thought I would write about the importance of our words.  A few months ago I came across the above poem.  This poem was quoted by Rockeffeler in the early 1900’s and was used in schools to teach the children the virtue of being quiet!   Even the world equated silence with wisdom back in those days.  Of course, this really correlates with what the Bible says about the subject of words.

The Bible has a lot to say about our words.  Proverbs 21:23 says that “whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.”   I ask the Lord everyday to guide my tongue.  I like to talk and sometimes it gets me in trouble!

The Bible says this of a wise woman : She opens her mouth in wisdom and her tongue is the law of kindness (Proverbs 31:26) .
Are the words I speak  to my husband and to my children kind?   How about to my friends and even to strangers?   The Proverbs 31 woman had the law of kindness on her tongue.  A kind word can be such an encouragement to another person!  A kind word can help us point others to Christ!  In 1st Corinthians it talks about how evil communication corrupts good manners.   Our whole testimony can be ruined by just a few wrong words.

Also, A wise woman is swift to hear but slow to speak (James 1:19).  In contrast, the book of Proverbs talks about the angry and contentious woman.  It says it would be better to dwell in the wilderness than with her!   Sometimes it seems easier to just “speak our mind”, but it’s not God’s way.   We need to learn to “bite our tongue” and pray for the Lord’s help.  It’s not wrong to share our feelings of course, but as women we tend to be so emotional and that comes out in our words.

Ladies, we really are the thermostat of our homes.  We set the tone more than we realize.   If we are are unkind or angry then our children will be the same way.  However, if we are kind and loving with our words it will make a difference in our whole family.  Let’s be like the Proverbs 31 woman and have the law of kindness on our lips!  Our homes should be a place of kindness and love.  May God be glorified in everything we say and do!

Dema Johnson



3 thoughts on “Being Wise With Our Words

  1. Well said! Always need a reminder to watch my words, and speak with kindness no matter how I am feeling emotionally! Great post!

  2. Excellent advice and much needed. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thank you so much for this precious devotion! I am a mother of four, yes four busy boys. Our Isaiah is 15, Jeremiah 13, Micaiah 11 and Nehemiah 7 years old. We home school and my sweet husband Joseph is our Youth Pastor so I totally agree with you about women setting the tone of the home.

    I had a hard day yesterday, as I battle with severe Fibromyalgia. However, I am believing and trusting HIM with all my heart for a healing and/or strength for this journey. I was a little irritable yesterday and the tone of my home was affected. Thanks again for the encouragement I needed to make this day a better one.

    God bless you!

    Sonya Storey JUDE 22

    P.S. I went to Crown College with Nicky Neal and her sister was a lot younger than I . Not sure if we know one another. :0)

    Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:07:47 +0000 To:

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