For the month of May, we will be Praying Through The Proverbs. Unlike a Bible study, we will simply pray a few key Scriptures each day. We’ll concentrate on how these verses apply to our individual lives, and ask God to reveal to us if there is anything specific we need to repent of or work on. We’re looking at Chapter 15* today.
Today’s verses address how we speak to others.
Key Verses in Chapter 15:
v.1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
It takes two to have an argument. The wise choice would be to take a moment to pray so we can respond with gentle, grace-filled words.
v.4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Words can either heal or destroy. We can never take back what we say aloud; we can only apologize for it….but the hurt is often long-lasting.
v.7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
Luke 6:45 tells us our words reflect what’s in our hearts: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Telling someone, “I didn’t really mean that,” really isn’t believable. Pause and pray before you speak to keep from saying something you cannot take back….and ask God to change your heart.
v.18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
A hot-head is always looking to start a fight over any little ol’ thing…but the man slow to anger will go to any length to avoid an argument.
v.23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply – and how good is a timely word!
When someone offers good advice, and it is applied successfully, it brings joy to both the giver and the receiver. There is as much satisfaction in knowing you gave good advice as having a ready answer when you need it!
v.28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
Those who are slow to speak have fewer regrets. Choose wisely what you say….don’t just blurt out hurtful words spoken in anger or defense.
Father God, I humbly enter this, my secret place, and acknowledge I am in the Presence of the One True God. Thank You for meeting me here. Forgive me so I can stand in Your Presence clean and holy.
Guard my tongue, Lord! Help me to look deep into my own heart for any hurt or anger that may be lurking there, then use Your refining fire to remove it.
Help me to be slow to speak, and when I do, to speak with Your grace and love. And when others speak hurtful words to me, help me to prayerfully consider what prompted that…and to ask forgiveness, if necessary.
I pray these things in Jesus’ Name…