I’m reading the book of Proverbs during January, a chapter for each day of the month.
The book is occupied with wisdom for daily living, for planning for the future, for viewing the world, for living a full and blessed life. It has much to say about words and the mouth I use to speak them.
How easily phrases and sentences leave the gateway of my mouth, and how quickly they make a mark on those who hear them. My words carry weight. They can pierce like a sword, wound and cause pain.
My words can lift the spirit of the down trodden and bring healing to the sick in spirit.
I choose the expressions and intonation, though sometimes I excuse myself when the utterances fly off the tongue too quickly without thought or consideration. And the damage is done.
If I desire to do good and show mercy, what of the thoughts and meditations of my heart? It is from the heart the mouth speaks.
So search me thoroughly, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 AMP)
The wise woman builds her house with the fruit of her lips from a heart that has been purified by grace.