I hope you readers have been enriched and gleaned something fresh as we investigated what the Bible has to say about words. With this being the final part of the series, let’s take a moment to recap. In part one we considered the purity of God and His word, in part two we uncovered the debasing effect negative words have, and in part three we learned from King Solomon’s use of contrasting words.
Now we are going to look at some Proverbs that address the good or positive use of words. I chose somewhat atypical translations, due to the vivid imagery provided for each scripture quotation. My hope is to underscore the prominent theme. The emphasis added is mine.
“Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up” (Proverbs 12:25, MSG).
“Congenial conversation—what a pleasure! The right word at the right time—beautiful” (Proverbs 15:23, MSG).
“Pleasant words are pure” (Proverbs 15:26b, CSB).
“Gracious speech is like clover honey—good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body” (Proverbs 16:24, MSG).
“The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl” (Proverbs 25:11, ICB).
Let’s wrap up this devotional by looking at some additional wisdom from King Solomon. “The Teacher looked for just the right words. He wrote teachings that are dependable and true” (Ecclesiastes 12:10, ICB). Fellow bloggers this is reliable advice for us to heed.
Readers imagine the ripple effect you can have if you look for just the right words before uttering a sound to each person, created in the image of Almighty God. That’s a powerful way to use words! Words that encourage or comfort, offer hope, bring peace, give light, present wisdom and heal soul wounds.
Words contain power. Go use your God-given super power to start a ripple of good somewhere today.
Father God, thank You for revealing the power words contain. Restrain my tongue from causing evil or harm. Give me just the right words at the right moment, words that breathe life into others. Use my words to be light in the midst of darkness. In the strong name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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