Talk is cheap, especially in today’s world where uncensored verbal combativeness is prevalent. Wherever we look or go, we are exposed to it all—the good, the bad, and especially the ugly. It’s gotten to the point where I no longer want to turn on the news or look much at social media because of all the what I call “spewing” taking place.
As I read back over Colossians 4 today preparing to write another blog, Paul’s instruction in verse 6 caused me to pause and think about the significance of the words we allow to come out of our mouths and, even more importantly, the manner in which we deliver them. There are a good number of passages in the Bible that give us wise instruction on our speech. I’ve included several below, and I encourage you to spend a few minutes reflecting on these and other verses about speech today. Then be intentional to put them into practice.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18:21).
“A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul” (Proverbs 18:6-7).
“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding” (Proverbs 17:27).
Remember, once words come out of our mouth they can NEVER be taken back or erased. As such, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:6).
Wishing you a good and positive word-filled day! Tami
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