Choose Your Words Wisely
My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbour or pledge
yourself for a stranger with a handshake, you are trapped by the words
of your own mouth, caught by your own promise.
This morning we continue our series entitled, “The Message that’s in Your Mouth!” We will cover this topic from many different angles. It is good to learn
from both precept and example. We will cover both as we seek to
understand the power of our own words. For this morning we will
hunker-down in the book of proverbs. God imparted supernatural wisdom to Solomon and the Holy Spirit through Solomon imparts supernatural wisdom to us in the form of many proverbs.
In chapter 13 Solomon said, “If you reject God’s teaching, you will pay the price; if you obey his commands, you will be rewarded” (Prov 13:13). This is a simple yet powerful truth. It teaches us that: God
desires to reward and bless his people, that the reward or blessing will come through obedience to His teachings, and that those who receive but choose to reject His teachings will also be rewarded (negatively). That being said, God has taught us many things in His Word about the words
of our mouth. As we learn them we must do so with the aim of taking heed to the instruction. We always have the choice to receive or reject His
instruction; either way we will be rewarded.
Early in chapter 13 Solomon said, “From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence. He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin”(v.2,3). This teaches us that our lips literally carry a message; a
message that will bring about manifestation in our lives. Those that
speak good things will enjoy good things, but those that speak
negatively will eventually experience the same. That is why Solomon said that those who guard their lips are literally guarding their lives. Do
you pay attention to what you say? If you were to record yourself for a
week and then play it back, what kind of speech would you hear? The more you understand the power of your words, the more careful you will be while using them.
In chapter six Solomon says, “My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbour or pledge yourself for a stranger with a handshake, you are trapped by the words of your own
mouth, caught by your own promise”(vv.1,2). What’s the point here? The point is that your word is your
bond. In God’s eyes you are literally obligated by every word that comes out of your mouth. Failure to complete what your words have obligated
you to becomes a violation of your integrity. Think about that for a
moment. Your words are not simple variations of sounds, but rather
obligating forces that emerge from your spirit and your soul. Be careful not to allow your words to obligate you to something you really did not want to do.
So what does this mean to you today? It means that your words can either entrap you or protect you. Either way, the choice is yours. You can choose your words wisely and reap the benefits of protecting the message that comes out of your mouth or you
can speak loosely and foolishly and allow the words of your mouth to
entrap you into areas you would rather avoid. Once you know better you ought to do better. Choose your words wisely!
Confession for this day:Lord God. I receive and respond to Your teaching. I will not ignore
Your instruction. I understand that I will be satisfied by speaking good things. I speak life and not death, blessing and not cursing, good and
not evil. I guard my life by guarding my lips. I choose to be protected
and not entrapped by my words! In Jesus’ name.
Choose Your Words Wisely