Words play a major part in our relationships with others. Words can hurt or words can heal. Words can tear down or words can build up. Words are merely a reflection of one’s heart. And the way that somebody uses their words will leave an impression on others around them. When words are spoken, they cannot be taken back. When hurtful things are said, scars can be left for years. Therefore, it is of great importance that we take heed to the wise counsel in Proverbs regarding the use of our words.
In Proverbs 10:20-21, the Bible says- “The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.” The words of the righteous ought to be carefully chosen as to benefit those being spoken to. Like choice silver that is treasured, so the words used in a Christlike way can be some of the most valuable things that people receive and hold onto. Many beneficial and good words have been spoken that have been treasured in the heart of another Christian. In contrast, the words of the wicked are of little worth. Rather than being valuable like choice silver, they are worthless, like the dross or worthless metal that is discarded. How is your speech? Is it of great value and worth- benefitting those around you as you share truth and hope from God’s Word? Are your words precious, pure, pleasant, and profitable or are they marked by the dross of impure, unpleasant, and unprofitable words?
The tongue of the just is as choice silver and it also feeds many. The words spoken are beneficial in that many are “fed” by them. The tongue of the just helps many to find strength when weary, hope when discouraged, light when their path is darkened, and truth when they are surrounded by lies. Your words, when chosen wisely, can influence others who are hungry for spiritual nourishment. Your words can feed your spouse, your children, your fellow church members and those that God has placed in your life.
As you choose your words today, check the quality. Are they worthy to be likened to choice silver or are they mere dross? As you choose your words today, check the substance. Are they nourishing words? Are they strengthening others in their pursuit of Christ? Are they consistent with a life of godliness?