Our theme for this month: “Changing the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 (CSB)
Our thought for the day: “Wisdom requires us to control our tongue.”
This is the twenty-third devotional message in our series “Changing the conversation”. Of the twenty-three daily Bible verses we’ve used, seven of them have been from the book of Proverbs. There are sixty-six books in the Bible but a third of our Bible verses about controlling our speech have come from just one book – Proverbs. There’s a good reason for that.
The book of Proverbs is the centerpiece of the Bible books that fall into the category of “wisdom” literature. Wisdom is more than knowledge. Knowledge is the accumulation of facts and information. Wisdom is the ability to apply what we know in a way that leads to skillful living based upon the proper application of God’s Word. The book of Proverbs helps us to develop a proper philosophy for living. The word philosophy comes from the Greek words philo (love) and Sophia (wisdom). It is “the love of wisdom”.
The discipline of controlling our tongues and the right use of words features prominently in the wisdom of Proverbs. Therefore an important part of the wisdom Proverbs helps us to develop is using our words to help rather than to hurt, to build up rather than to tear down. It is the ability to have control over our tongue.
A Biblically wise person speaks words of life rather than death; words that help rather than hurt; words that calm things down rather than stirring things up. That’s the point being made in Proverbs 12:18 – the fool speaks rashly and their words are like a sword that stabs and pierces and causes great harm. But a Biblically wise person, the one who is spiritually mature enough to apply their faith in ways that honor God and help others, is a person whose wise words bring healing.
Here’s a short Bible study worthy of your time today: Turn to the book of Proverbs in your Bible. Start in chapter one verse one, then scroll down the verses, stopping at each one that teaches something about how we are to use our words. Just make a note of it so you can come back to it later. Continue your search through all thirty-one Proverbs. Now go back and slowly, prayerfully read each of the verses you noted. Not only will you find this helpful and instructive (maybe life-changing), but you will also be surprised at what a common theme controlling the tongue is in God’s primary book of wisdom.
Godly wisdom requires us to learn how to control our tongues.