“A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright; but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.”Proverbs 15:1-2
What does it take to tame our tongues?
When you look up the footnote to that scripture you find the words self mastery and patience. Self mastery means self control! It means putting a few seconds, or minutes between the thought and the word. This comes from slowing down.
In the second sentence, the footnote for foolishness leads to the word gossip. Does that mean gossip and foolishness are related? 🤔
What do your words say about you?
Are your words full of love and compassion? ❤️
Are they decisive?
Or are they negative?☠️
Hurtful or critical?
In the book Hidden Messages in Water the author did an experiment where he taped words to the outside of a water bottle and then froze it. The results were stunning!
When he placed words such as love, joy or peace the frozen water created crystals that were beautiful, intricate and symmetrical. But when he taped words on such as death, hate or war the results were just the opposite!
A friend of mine told me that when she speaks to others she intends that her words land in their hearts and that they get what they need. ❤️She prays that the words she needs to speak will form in her mind to be articulated in a way that the Spirit will be felt. That their angels will whisper to them what they need. “I want God’s children to feel His love and power.”
I just love that intention!! I have always remembered it.
What effect are the words you speak having upon others? Are you leaving a legacy of kindness, patience and compassion with your words? Or one of criticism, harshness or negativity?
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life.” Proverbs 15:4
You can be instrumental in helping things to grow! Life springs forth from living words and death and decay from sarcasm, negativity and bitterness.