Speaking with each other is how we build relationships. That is how we learn about one another, learn from one another, and share our testimonies. Words can be very powerful.
However, we usually are not careful enough with our words. While we may try to be intentional with what we say, we still end up spouting things out in an attempt to be funny, or seem smart, or stand out in whatever way seems appealing at the moment. Our words are the primary way that we show people who we are. Unfortunately, we often try too hard to say things that illustrate who we are…or who we wish we were.
When looking for Biblical evidence to support the importance of words, we need to look no further than the original source of dropped knowledge: the book of Proverbs. Proverbs is a book full of wisdom, and it can cut deep into the heart of complex issues. However, it also supports the beauty and power of simplicity. In light of today’s topic, I shall follow suit.
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. (Proverbs 21:23 NIV)