Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
Proverbs 15:26 …The words of the pure are pleasant words.
Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer…
These verses and more, this morning, remind me of the importance of using our tongue and our words correctly. We understand that we ought not to allow perverse things out of our mouths. But these verses go a step further. Verse two already assumes some reading have knowledge of what’s right to say. Yet, it’s not enough simply to use that knowledge in our speech – we must use that knowledge aright. We ought to use that knowledge with the right spirit, and at the right time, to the right people. Verse fifteen says that the heart of the righteous studieth to answer – he is not hasty in his words, and doesn’t “pour out” things without first evaluating them. Proverbs is filled with verses about the tongue, words, and our mouths.
Many times I find myself, like Peter, hasty with my words. I have the foot in mouth disease sometimes. I speak, even at times “good things”, but realize my mouth got ahead of my mind and, probably, the Spirit. This morning, I was challenged to use my words carefully, realizing that the Lord is concerned even about my “idle words”. And though I may have some knowledge, my prayer is that I’d use it aright.