Be Careful What You Say
“Pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
A song comes to mind when looking at this verse. Maybe you have heard it…
“O be careful little mouth what you say
O be careful little mouth what you say
There’s a Father up above
And He’s looking down in love
So, be careful little mouth what you say”
I have listened to many bicker back and forth and yes have been apart of the bickering when my flesh gives in. Isn’t it amazing how much the Bible has to say regarding our tongues. God is very concerned about the things that we allow to escape our lips. Be careful in what you say! Measure every word and carefully discern how to speak a timely word that will encourage and instruct. -Proverbs 15:23 What we say should always be truthful and lovingly motivated. Speaking the truth without love is harsh, but speaking in love without truthfulness is hypocritical. ‘The lips of the godly speak helpful words…’ -Proverbs 10:32 What we say begins deep inside us.
How would it change things if we filled the air with “gracious speech”? With carefully chosen and “well ordered” words? With nothing spoken out of anger or pain or frustration or guilt?
Dorothy Nevill once wrote, “The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
We can never “unsay” a cruel word. It’s important to avoid saying something permanently painful just because you are temporarily ticked off. We should only speak in order to build up and strengthen others.We must be diligent in this! Do not speak unless it is important that you do so!
Strive to allow the Holy Spirit of God to control your words. As God’s ambassadors we have no right saying the things that we want to say, but rather we must speak the things that will glorify God and edify others. God wants us to be slow to speak. Being slow to speak means to think over things before you open your mouth, that is, to make sure your brain is engaged before putting your mouth into gear.
It would certainly be a quieter world, if we would pray and pause before we speak and also a lot more peaceful. The enemy of our souls would be completely undone. The Bible teaches us to make our speech laced with grace, as sweet as honey, and yet seasoned with salt. There is a brief moment, between when we think a word, then speak that word. A space between cursing and blessing, between evil and good.
What if we took the slightest breath, the faintest pause, and gave that window of time to God? Just think what might happen!
Be careful what you say.