Proverbs 25: 11: A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. KJV
Proverbs 18: 21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. KJV
Words. They are so important. We can harm people with our words, or we can lift them up and give them hope.
Cruelty reigns in the world with the words spoken. Words spoken by the talking heads on television, or words spoken by catty women involving the looks of another woman. Maybe harsh words are spoken to us by a boss, or a coworker. They can harm people so much. And, when we speak these cruel words, we have no clue what life is like for that person.
On the other hand, kind, complementary, or uplifting words can make someone’s day. It can lift a heart that is heavy burdened.
Awhile back on Facebook someone put a picture of a black chicken. Now, if you know me you know I am not a chicken fan. But this was beautiful. Its eggs were even black and gorgeous. I made a comment of something like “This is beautiful, isn’t God amazing.” Harmless statement, right? Nope! It brought on a firestorm from people insulting one another about whether there is a God, and so on and so forth. Nasty words were tossed to and fro. No, I didn’t get in on this, but I felt guilty that my words started all this mess. In truth as I thought it over, I did nothing wrong.
Hatred could be felt across cyberspace in some of these comments. Many argued about different things, and a lot of the Christians who were commenting didn’t have their facts straight. They talked about scripture saying such and such, and in actuality it doesn’t say any such thing.
Everything inside of me wanted to make a comment about how all of this was foolish, much ado about nothing. I could almost hear my husband saying to me, “Paula, do you really have to make a remark about this?” I had to laugh. I would get angry over FB stuff and he would say something like that to me every time.
So, I thought of the two verses above and how one sounds so lovely and peaceful and the other sounds ominous. We want to be like the first one. Our words need to be golden apples in a beautiful frame. That frame is us. We are responsible for our words. We alone will have to stand before God and answer for every idle word we have spoken. Not to mention the cruel words.
Matthew 12: 36: But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
As Christians we must be very careful what we say and how we say it. We are to bring peace and comfort and love with our words. So, to all my ladies on here, we need to try to be more like the Proverbs 31 woman. I’ll close with a verse about her. Until next time!
Proverbs 31:26: She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.