The Tongues of the Wise

Cathy Hurtado

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly."  (NASB)

We have been given the awesome privilege of being God’s people and the one’s through whom He wants His message of love, hope, forgiveness and salvation to go out. How we communicate God’s truth, though, affects how it is received. Often times, the same message can affect two people very differently because of their differing backgrounds.

For me, what I say, when I say it, how I say it is always a challenge. Sometimes my words are emotionally driven. Sometimes, they are hastily spoken. Sometimes, they are too blunt. Sometimes, they are too soft. My goal is become a God-pleaser in everything I say.

As I was reading through Proverbs this month, Proverbs 15:1-2 jumped off the page. Verse 1 deals with how we say things. Verse 2 deals with how we package it. Here are some questions I thought of to help us be wise in our communication, whether casually having a conversation on the phone or speaking in front of large group.

Do your words inflame or comfort?  Proverbs 15:1
Do your words build up, or tear down?  Ephesians 4:29
Are they flesh driven, or Spirit guided?  Galatians 5:16
Are you trying to please people, or please God?  Galatians 1:10
Do you spout whatever comes to mind, or do you think before you speak?  Proverbs 15:2
Are your words spoken from a bitter or angry heart, or are they spoken from a heart of love and compassion? Colossians 3:12-13
Do they puff you up, or lift our Savior up?  John 3:30
Do you talk too much, or do you listen and think before you speak?  Proverbs 10:19
Are your words careless or measured?  Proverbs 29:20
Are your words your agenda, or God’s agenda?  Luke 22:42

What comes out of our mouths is what is in our hearts. Fortunately, we have a Savior who wants to transform our hearts. Yield yourself to the transforming and renewing power of God’s Word this week.

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