Proverbs 10: King James Bible
Multitude of Words – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter ten, Verses 18-21
18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. 19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Multitude of Words
Here we are, only at chapter ten, and yet again, we’re talking about what comes out of our mouths. Do you think that the Lord is trying to tell us something about words we use?
He’s made it perfectly clear throughout the scriptures, how important the words we choose to use are, though we can’t always see the impact they make in our lives (especially our spiritual lives). Our speech is part of the image of the Lord, whose likeness we are all made.
Knowing that we all share this ability given to us by the Father, doesn’t it stand to reason, that it could be for a purpose? I mean a purpose that is given to us by the Father, not other purposes, like hailing a cab for example.
The tragedy is, far too often, people expose deep rooted iniquity through their words, rather than being used for the Lord’s purposes. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. We can all be on our best verbal behavior, but if there is anything that isn’t of the Lord in our hearts, it makes itself known with varying degrees of pressure.
For example, you could speak as if you’re in the presence of the Lord himself (which you are by the way), but sometimes, something comes along that causes for us to break out of that good behavior, and begin swearing and cursing, and acting like the Lord isn’t even around anymore.
Ever been there? I’ve lived most of my life that way. Only in the past five or six years or so, has the Father really driven home to me, the power of our words, and the effect they have spiritually, and inevitably, physically.
Once the Lord taught me to stop and observe in the midst of losing control over the mouth (or the care of control), I realized that there were things coming from the heart that needed fixing. He worked on me patiently for quite some time concerning words, and will confess that I am a work in progress still.
There is a great reason that the Lord would take the time to help us out, and give us warning about the words we speak. Many of the reasons can be construed from the verses that are at the beginning of this devotional.
But what we need to remember is, life and death are in the tongue. Life and death exist in far more ways than we typically think, and because of the power of the gift of speaking from the heart, we need to study and learn what the Lord intended, when he gave us this ability, and the power behind it.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 6: King James Bible
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Jude 1: King James Bible
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
Romans 16: King James Bible
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
1 Timothy 4: King James Bible
6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
James 3: King James Bible
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Please help us to keep our words few, and not to speak in a manner that displeases you. Fill us with your Word, with your Spirit, and with your joy. May the abundance of our hearts be of such things, so that anyone who can hear us may know, that you are in control, and that we’re yours. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever suffered the consequences of a multitude of words?
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