The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:23-24 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/pro.16.23-24.NKJV
Although much is found in our society about health, healthy words are from Scripture.
This verse clearly connects the wise in heart to words which are carefully chosen, full of the knowledge of God, and bring sweetness to the soul.
For God’s Word is where we find truth and guidance for life.
Ephesians 4:29 NKJV — Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Jesus explained why we are to be so careful about the words we speak.
Matthew 12:34 NKJV — “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
“…no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth…” Because that means the corruption is within.
James speaks of the difficulty of taming the tongue, but points to the fact that those who do are full of self-discipline.
James 3:2 NKJV — For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Self-discipline is a gift from the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 1:7 NLT — For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
“The heart of the wise teaches his mouth…” Because God is teaching his heart.
And the wise in heart understands the power of the tongue.
The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
Proverbs 16:21 NKJV
Learning, knowledge of God, and wisdom can all be found in Scripture and the Holy Spirit is here to teach our hearts through God’s Word.
James 3:17-18 NKJV — But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
May your day be filled with healthy words.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for giving instruction that I might not sin against You or others. Lord, I want to be one whose words are sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. I want my heart to overflow into words of wisdom and encouragement, based upon Your Word in all things. Lord Jesus, often I am unsure of what I should say, words seem to escape me and other times words of corruption want to bubble out of my sinful heart. Lord, only in You can I be made clean. Only in You can my words be washed and purified. Please work in me today and let no corrupt word proceed out of my mouth. Thank You. Amen.