Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday #9 - Wise Words

 

This week in our study of Proverbs 31, we look at this verse:

פ 26 When she opens her mouth, she speaks wisely;
        on her tongue is loving instruction.


Oh, what an admonition.  This is the desire of my heart - to speak word of wisdom in a loving and kind way.   

Words are all around us - on television, in music, books and magazines, on billboards, signs and bumper stickers, and now the internet.  Some words are good, some are mediocre, and some are destructive.

There is a computer term called GIGO, which means "garbage in - garbage out".  In other words, what comes out of the computer program is only as good as what is put in by the programmer.  The same is true of our minds and words.  If we put garbage in our minds, garbage will come out of our mouths.  

Daily input of G-d's Word / Wisdom will produce words of wisdom and kindness.   This is greatly needed in our world today.  There is so much mean, tough talk.  So much cursing and profanity.  

I learned to cuss growing up at home.  My father used every cuss word you've ever heard.  So cussing became a part of my mind, even though I didn't cuss at home in front of my parents.  Later, when I left home, I cussed.  

When I started going to church, in my twenties, and was around Christian people, I learned a new way of talking.  It felt like a whole new world.  It was.  A world where people spoke with kindness, love and caring. Speaking with love is important and needed, but there is more to this verse.  

Speaking with wisdom is mentioned first, and is the most important thing, because if all I do is speak with love and kindness, and don't speak wisdom, I have failed you and G-d.


This verse explains my point:

Grace and truth have met together;
justice and peace have kissed each other.
(Psalm 85:10) 

G-d is both grace and truth because they work together.  One without the other is not a representation of Him. I pray to daily speak truth with love.

Our world needs love, yes, but truth is needed, too.  I remember giving a speech about abortion in college a few years ago.  After the class, several young students came up to me with tears in their eyes, saying they'd never heard the truth about abortion.  What an opportunity to share G-d's wisdom and mercy.  

7 comments:

  1. "The law of kindness is in her mouth" - That's my motto for this year!

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  2. I had it on post-it note for many years as a reminder. It's a good motto for sure.

    Thanks for stopping by today.

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  3. Yes, grace and truth. I wrote a post for Sanctity of Human Life this week--it is the desire of my heart to speak truth with grace. Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. G-d bless you, Carol, for speaking up for the unborn. May your words bear fruit.

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  4. Truth and love. Too often we choose one or the other. I want the "words of my mouth" to be love AND truth.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that Pamela. Thank you for stopping by today and sharing.

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  5. beautiful. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Hope to see you sharing again this week. Big Hugs

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