"The words of the Lord are pure words." Psalm 12: 6
Are YOUR words "pure"?
Words are powerful things. They can build us up or tear us apart. One word can make our day or one word can crush us. Words spoken in anger to a child can leave wounds that last a lifetime. Harsh words spoken to a tender soul can cause a person to withdraw within themselves, never to return. One lie can send an innocent man to prison for life. Kind words can heal a broken heart.
We speak thousands of words a day...some of us more than others. But are our words PURE?
"The words of the Lord are pure words."
Never a word from His mouth has been uttered that is:
Can we say the same about our own?
The Lord had a lot to say about our words. The book of Proverbs provides a guide on how we should handle our words. Do you see yourself in any of these verses?
"There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing." 12: 18
"Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment." 12: 19
"Lying lips are DETESTABLE to the Lord but faithful people are His DELIGHT." 12: 22
"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up." 12: 25
"The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin." 13: 3
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger." 15: 1
"The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit." 15: 4
"The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things." 15:28
"The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a man of understanding." 17: 27
"Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning when he seals his lips." 17: 28
"Life and death are in the power of the tongue" 18: 21
" A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray."" 25: 12
"Let another praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips." 27: 2
"[a wise woman] opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue." 31: 26
"The words of the Lord are PURE."
What about yours?
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