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From Solomon’s perspective, next to the analysis of one’s heart, the most obvious sign of wisdom is what leaves their mouth. Wise people hold their tongues.  They have no need to talk filthy, to gossip, lie or to simply say things that are hurtful to others.  Wise people understand that their mouths can be weapons or they can be tools to show wisdom and improve the lives of others.

It is important that we speak the truth—in love. It is equally important that every word out of our mouth be measured and when weighed meet a standard that honors God.  If not, then we become tools for the enemy.  We cause dissention, we stir up hatred, we hurt others unnecessarily and what we say loses its usefulness to others. Our very tongues label us as fools and common.  People stop listening and start avoiding conversations. 

So, what is the answer.  Speak as though what you say is being watched by those you wish to most define yourself.  That is, after all, what is happening.  If your mouth is labeling you as a fool, then change you speech.  If a liar, then quit lying. If your mouth is filthy, pick new words—Your tongue can be your greatest tool or your most lethal weapon—God calls us to make it the former not the latter.

God Bless You

Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,     and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,     but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12 Hatred stirs up conflict,     but love covers over all wrongs.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,     but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

14 The wise store up knowledge,     but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,     but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

16 The wages of the righteous is life,     but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.

17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,     but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips     and spreads slander is a fool.

19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,     but the prudent hold their tongues.

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,     but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,     but fools die for lack of sense.