Proverbs 15:1 NKJV — A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
What beautiful truth!
The soft spoken do not fuel the flame of indignation.
Instead, theirs is the voice of wisdom.
Proverbs 17:27 NKJV — He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
A gentle response disarms, giving wisdom without tainting it with selfish intent.
For those who have wisdom have found it in God.
His Word frees us from pride, sin, and selfish ambition.
Therefore, no other truth withstands the turbulence of emotion, the volatility of society, or the accusations of the scoffer like God’s.
Isaiah 40:8 NKJV — The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
Those who revere the Lord will follow His commands, finding wisdom for all of life.
Proverbs 10:27 NKJV — The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
The Lord created all and therefore He knows what is best, thus His laws are life, instruction for the right way to live.
Proverbs 10:29 NKJV — The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
With that comes guidance in how we handle ourselves including our speech.
We must be careful with what we say, how we say it, and when.
Proverbs 15:2 NKJV — The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
Proverbs 17:9 NKJV — He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
Proverbs 25:23 NKJV — The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
Proverbs 25:11 NKJV — A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.
Proverbs 24:26 NKJV — He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
Such vivid word pictures, truly etches into one’s mind the gift of soft answers steeped in God’s wisdom.
It is also is apparent what seeds are spread by the boisterous folly of those careless with their words.
James 3:9-10 NKJV With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
Nor does it seem reasonable that those who praise God, those who speak words of adoration and devotion be also marked as them whose lips spew forth anger, resentment, and all manner of uncleanness.
These things we must take note of.
Our lips are unruly and prone to react instead of respond, but we must not allow it to be so.
Our lives should be different, thus our words should be as well.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for these verses. Please help my mouth to speak wisdom and to give a soft, gentle answer. Lord, help my heart to be renewed daily by the washing of Your Word. Please teach me to be self-controlled, honorable before You. Lord, help me to keep silent when nothing kind or appropriate comes to mind. Lord, You are our example in all things and I humbly request You help me to know when to speak, what to say, and when to remain silent. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your faithfulness. To You be all glory, honor, and love. Amen.