W. Austin Gardner
Biblical Communication 7
Our words should come from a profound work of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives. Our words should come from the great depths of learning and growing we have done.
In high school, a teacher said to me that “babbling brooks are shallow, and still water runs deep!” She then reminded me that I was a babbling brook. We are talking too much, in other words, without thinking or knowing. Do our words rush on like floodwaters, or do we dig deep into God’s Word to understand what we are to say? Proverbs 18:4
The fool’s lips are those that want to start fights, enter into contention, etc. Proverbs 18:6 His words asked for someone to fight and beat him up. He needs to be shut up.
The mouth of the fool is his downfall, his destruction. His lips lay their trap for them. Their words end up crushing them. Their words bring their ruin and destruction. Proverbs 18:7
The whispering gossip brings sweet things to chew on. But these cheap words wound people. The wounds are not superficial but deep down to the center of the person. I do not want to be this gossip. I do not want to listen to his whispering. I do not be around a person of this caliber. Proverbs 18:8
We forget so often how much power there is in our tongue, our words. Words can kill, or words can give life. They are either poison or sweet fruit. Before I speak, I need to consider whether I am building up and helping or tearing down and destroying. Something to think about is that we reap the harvest of what we sowed with our words. So we choose. Like the ole saying, make your words sweet because you might have to eat them. Proverbs 18:21