Not Stumbling In Our Words

Not Stumbling In Our Words

The Bible tells us something rather surprising in James 3—that the person who does not stumble in word is a perfect man or woman.  This person is one who is able to control everything about themselves.  Wow!

For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.  (Jas 3:2-3, emphasis added

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.  (Ps 34:13)

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.  (Pro 16:24)

The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.  (Pro 18:4)

“He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.”  (1 Pet 3:10)

Controlling our words is one of the most difficult things for human beings.  As 1 Peter 3 reminds us, we should refrain from speaking evil.  Do you know that “speaking evil” means some different things to God?  It means:

  • Saying anything that is less than 100% true;
  • Repeating gossip—even if it’s true;
  • Agreeing with other people who spread lies or say unpleasant things;
  • Saying negative or bad things about ourselves;
  • Repeating negative things;
  • Speaking anything that does not agree with God’s Word.

It surprises people to realize that even if they say something negative about themselves, it is unpleasing to God.  God wants us to agree with what HE says about each one of us.  He says that His children are:

  • Fearfully and wonderfully made,  (Ps 139:14)
  • His special treasure, (Ps 135:4)
  • The apple of His eye, (Zech 2:8)
  • Chosen and dearly loved, (1 Pet 2:4)
  • Given His approval, (1 Thes 2:4) and
  • Accepted in Jesus. (Eph 1:6)

From this list, we can understand that the Lord loves us and has said many wonderful things concerning His children—those who love Him and obey Him.  Since our words proceed from our thoughts, a key Scripture to meditate upon regularly is:

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  (Phil 4:8)

As we think about God’s blessings and meditate upon His Words, our own words will begin to change and will correspond to what the Scripture has to say about everything.  God bless you!

Lips of Grace

Lips of Grace

Thou art fairer than the children of men:  grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.  (Ps 45:2 KJV)  This psalm is speaking of the coming Savior of the world, and pointing out that He had grace literally POURED out upon His lips.  Did Jesus prove the truth of this verse?  Yes, He did!

Jesus’ lips were anointed with such grace that it poured from His lips like streams of living water.  His words blessed all those who heard and received them.

He who loves purity of heart and has grace on his lips, the king will be his friend.  (Pro 22:11)  Jesus was loved by all who came to Him and were touched by Him.  We may also have this same blessing if we allow the Lord to use our lips to bless others.

So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.  (Lk 4:22a)  People who heard Jesus’ words were astonished, awed, and impressed by them—they had such an impact.

Charles Spurgeon, in his commentary on Psalm 45:2, had this to say:

“Imagination’s utmost stretch cannot conceive of anything more gracious; and the contemplation of the most devoted Christian cannot think of any words more majestic in goodness, more tender in sympathy, more full of honey, and more luscious in their sweetness, than the gracious words that proceeded out of the lips of Jesus Christ.”

Jesus, as our Savior and example, is our model for life and faith.  As His words blessed the people who heard them, so also, should ours.  As we spend time meditating upon the Bible, and time in worshiping the Lord, our words will become more and more like His.  For Jesus’ words bestowed grace upon grace to all those who heard them. 

Listen to and learn from Jesus’ words; meditate upon the Scriptures; obey the Holy Spirit; and then follow Jesus’ example of speaking grace-filled words.

A Kiss for a Right Answer!

A Kiss for a Right Answer!

But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.  (25) He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.  (Pro 24:25-26)

This passage from the Bible has a couple of good spiritual points to make. 

  • The first recommends that we admonish those who commit evil, depraved, or heinous acts, rather than justifying or remaining neutral to what they do. Verse 24 says that that when we reprove the wicked, a blessing will come upon us.
  • The second point (v. 25 above) is shown like this in a reverse interlinear: “Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.”  In short, this means that plain, direct words are preferable to deceptive or ambiguous ones.  And that when someone speaks plainly to us, we should appreciate and value them. 

The “right answer” spoken of here is an answer that is filled with the wisdom of God.  The more we are acquainted with the Bible and familiar with the voice of the Holy Spirit, the easier it will be to recognize and value a “right answer” when we hear it.

All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them.  They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.  10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold . . .  (Pro 8:8-10, emphasis added)

I believe that the purpose of these two verses is to help us to remember that ALL of the words of our lips are colossally important, both in the natural and spiritual realms.  Additionally, the Lord is giving us His advice on when to be critical of someone’s actions, as well as when to welcome and to be grateful for wise counsel or a useful and eye-opening insight.

By God’s empowering gift of grace, we’ll know when and how to apply this biblical wisdom.

God’s Word in My Mouth, Part 1

God’s Word in My Mouth, Part 1

In my life’s experiences, I’ve discovered that God’s Word coming forth from my own lips builds my faith, attracts heavenly intervention, and brings about victory!  Glory to God!

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  (Romans 10:8, 9 NKJV)

It comes back to the question:  “Whose report will you believe?” 

I’ve made a decision to value God’s Word in my life more than anyone else’s—more than my own word, more than my loved ones’ words, more than my friends’ words, and more than the words of my extended family members!

Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That you may be justified in your words, and may overcome when you are judged.”  (Romans 3:4 NKJV)

God and His Word are inseparable because all of God’s power and might is invested in the Words He speaks.  His Words are creative.  The Words have power in themselves to bring themselves to pass!  That’s pretty awesome AND it gives me great confidence, faith, and trust in His Word.

Then said the Lord unto me, “Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten My Word to perform it.”  (Jeremiah 1:12 KJV)

For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  (Heb. 4:12 NKJV)

When I speak God’s Word and teach God’s Word—whether to myself or to others—it attracts all of the power of the Kingdom of God!  Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus upholds ALL things by the Word of His power! 

Be bold and courageous and begin speaking God’s Word out of YOUR mouth with firm faith and expectation.

Is Your Mouth a Well of Life?

Is Your Mouth a Well of Life?

How are you?  Do you realize how many Scripture verses there are that address the use of the tongue, the mouth, and the lips?  It’s amazing to realize just how many!

The mouth of the righteous is a well of life.  (Proverbs 10:11a)  Wow!  The words that we speak can actually be life-giving.  What a wonderful tool, if only we’ll use it.

Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding.  (Proverbs 10:13a)  “Understanding of what?” you may ask.  I believe this verse means that wisdom is found in the mouth of one who has studied, meditated upon, and understood the Scriptures.

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.  (Proverbs 10:19)  It is wise to be a person of few words.  It is wise to listen before we speak.

The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom.  (Proverbs 10:31a – See also Proverbs 10:21a, 32a)  If we study the Bible and meditate upon it, we will become a wellspring of wisdom. Wisdom will come directly from the heart of God by way of the Scriptures.

Do you see what I mean?  And the above verses are just in the 10th chapter of Proverbs!  Studying the entire Bible will give you many, many more.    But these verses challenge us and teach us.  They teach us what kind of talk we should engage in, and they challenge us to obey these verses and to speak in ways that enrich other peoples’ lives.   

Our lives are enhanced by obedience to God’s Word.  Watch over the words of your mouth to bring wisdom, blessings, and life to yourself, your family, and all those with whom you interact daily.  Try it and see what happens!