The Bible is unambiguous about how important our words are. The unique thing about words is that they affect not only the HEARERS but the SPEAKER as well. We would do well to not only read these verses but to meditate upon them.
Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. (Pro 15:4 MSG) Words can cut and maim or they can heal and comfort. Words can be constructive and informative, lending courage and information to the hearer.
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word! (Pro 15:23 NIV) If we make positive, uplifting remarks it brings us joy and is received as a benefit by the hearer.
By his fruitful speech a man can remain satisfied, and a man’s handiwork will reward him. (Pro 12:14 ISV) When our words bear the fruit of encouragement, peace, and joy, we will eventually earn a reputation as an encourager and a person full of faith.
Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips. (Pro 24:26 NIV) Honest words, spoken in love, carry a blessing to the spirit of the hearer.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. 12 As an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to an obedient ear. (Pro 25:11-12 MEV) Those who wish to please God and be good examples to others should speak the whole truth, utter appropriate praise, reflect wisdom, and edify the listeners; these words will always be “fitly (properly) spoken.”
Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but if there is any good word for edification according to the need of the moment, say that, so that it will give grace to those who hear. (Eph 4:29 NASB) This verse reminds us that we should not speak any nasty or unpleasant words. Instead, our words should edify (enlighten, improve, inform) the listeners so that those who hear will be honored, enhanced, or blessed.
As we honor God’s Word by obeying it, the Lord will show His pleasure and bless us in ways that we can’t imagine. Spread kind, life-giving words wherever you go today. Praise the Lord!