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Wisdom Speech

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In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips [is] wise. Proverbs 10:19

God used words to bring the world into existence (Genesis 1). When He describes His Son, He calls Him the Word (John 1:1). What God has to say with His words must have meaning because God is perfect. God has freely given us the words of spirit and life (John 6:63).

Men fall into a different category. You can’t call a world into being by your words. You aren’t the one who originated language. You aren’t perfect. Your words can bring a sense of life to those who hear you, but they often leave scars on hearts, impaired thinking due to a lack of truth, and may even encourage the hearer to follow a bad example. But you can follow God’s lead and speak words that heal, share truths that alter thinking, and which send out a trust invitation.

If you can’t seem to say things that help, you can at least be prudent by holding your tongue, as today’s verse states. Some men aren’t able to do this and unnecessarily bring trouble upon themselves.

Some men struggle with speaking important words that positively impact others because positive words weren’t spoken to them. That’s why your best example is the God who created words. Hold your tongue when you have to, speak when you need to, and gain the wisdom to know the difference.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" Ecc 3:1

"... a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;" Ecc 3:7

"And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled." Matt 15:4-5

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