Focus: The results of my words
The book of Proverbs has some powerful things to say about the things we say and the way we say them.
Proverbs 4:24 Remove dishonesty from your mouth. Put deceptive speech far away from your lips.
Proverbs 6:12-15 A good-for-nothing scoundrel is a person who has a dishonest mouth. He winks his eye, makes a signal with his foot, and points with his fingers. He devises evil all the time with a twisted mind. He spreads conflict. That is why disaster will come on him suddenly. In a moment he will be crushed beyond recovery.
Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things that the Lord hates, even seven that are disgusting to Him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, a mind devising wicked plans, feet that are quick to do wrong, a dishonest witness spitting out lies, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives.
Proverbs 10:8 The one who is truly wise accepts commands, but the one who talks foolishly will be thrown down headfirst…
Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous person is a fountain of life, but the mouths of wicked people conceal violence.
Proverbs 10:13-14 Wisdom is found on the lips of a person who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of one without sense. Those who are wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a stubborn fool invites ruin.
Proverbs 10:19-21 Sin is unavoidable when there is much talk, but whoever seals his lips is wise. The tongue of a righteous person is pure silver. The hearts of wicked people are worthless. The lips of a righteous person feed many, but stubborn fools die because they have no sense.
Proverbs 10:31-32 The mouth of a righteous person increases wisdom, but a devious tongue will be cut off. The lips of a righteous person announce good will, but the mouths of wicked people are devious.
Proverbs 11:9 With his talk a godless person can ruin his neighbor, but righteous people are rescued by knowledge.
Proverbs 11:11-12 With the blessing of decent people a city is raised up, but by the words of wicked people, it is torn down. A person who despises a neighbor has no sense, but a person who has understanding keeps quiet.
Proverbs 12:6 The words of wicked people are a deadly ambush, but the words of decent people rescue.
Proverbs 12:13-14 An evil person is trapped by his own sinful talk, but a righteous person escapes from trouble. One person enjoys good things as a result of his speaking ability. Another is paid according to what his hands have accomplished.
Proverbs 12:17-20 A truthful witness speaks honestly, but a lying witness speaks deceitfully. Careless words stab like a sword, but the words of wise people bring healing. The word of truth lasts forever, but lies last only a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who plan evil, but joy belongs to those who advise peace.
Proverbs 13:3 Whoever controls his mouth protects his own life. Whoever has a big mouth comes to ruin.
Proverbs 13:14 The teachings of a wise person are a fountain of life to turn one away from the grasp of death.
Proverbs 14:3 Because of a stubborn fool’s words a whip is lifted against him, but wise people are protected by their speech.
Proverbs 14:23 In hard work there is always something gained, but idle talk leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 15:1-2 A gentle answer turns away rage, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongues of wise people give good expression to knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out a flood of stupidity. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue breaks the spirit.
Declaration: I will find new strength by giving serious thought as to the possible influence my words have had on my struggle with depression and dependency. In my recovery journey, I will pay attention to what I say and how I say it, so that my words don’t keep me from moving forward.
All NEW STRENGTH posts are Copyright by Christina Cook Lee as of the date they were written and posted. Please request permission to re-post or re-blog. This material will be published as a book in 2013, by the grace of God. To subscribe to New Strength, select ‘follow’ in the upper left corner of this page.
For music selections that will help bring hope and encouragement during your recovery from depression and addiction, browse:http://www.youtube.com/user/NewStrengthMusic/videos?view=1&flow=grid
Leave a Reply