Week 28: Righteous Words
Today’s Text: Proverbs 10
Key Text: Proverbs 10:32
“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.”
Sometimes we forget what powerful things words are.
It is so easy – too easy – to
- Make that thoughtless, flippant remark to get a joke
- Spread that bit of gossip
- Voice that opinion
- Tell that “little white lie”
- Break that confidence
- Speak too soon
- Speak too carelessly
- Criticize too quickly
If you are never guilty of doing these things…good for you.
If you recognize something on the list, and recall the last time you spoke in such a way, welcome to the club. I think most of us have spoken in such a way now and then.
So it is no surprise that the book of Proverbs spends more than a little time, and gives more than a little attention to the topic of talk – righteous and otherwise.
The tongue is a powerful, and potentially dangerous thing.
On the other hand, we can – with our words –
- Bring comfort
- Offer grace
- Give forgiveness
- Remind others about God’s love
- And Love
Unrighteous words are a terrible thing. Righteous words are a wonderful thing.
Which shall we speak today?