A Soft Spoken Word (Prov. 25:11,15)

Wise words: Prov. 25:11 says, "A word aptly (fitly) spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." We know how easy and harmful it can be to speak thoughtlessly and foolishly. Everyone remembers some "horrific, traumatic, wounding" words someone spoke, and some "unforgettable, memorable, encouraging words" someone else spoke. It is surely true that "no human being can tame the tongue" (Jas. 3:8), so in a sense our own speech is a lifelong exercise in damage control! As God's people, may our words be God's instrument to pass along to others the grace and love God has given us (Prov. 25:12,13). In Eph. 4:29 Paul urges us to speak "only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (A Proverbs Driven Life by Anthony Selvaggio.)

Soft words: Prov. 25:15 says, "Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle (soft) tongue can break a bone." Reacting emotionally, or blowing up in anger with our words is a sad result of our fallenness, that often has irreversible consequences. But with gentleness, tact, diplomacy, and "soft words" much more can be accomplished (Prov. 15:1, 16:32): http://westloop-church.blogspot.com/2010/10/eyes-of-lord-proverbs-153.html Jesus could move the most hardened criminal because of his gentleness and softness unto death (Luke 23:47).

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