Now this is an area we can all improve in right? Communication! Especially godly speech. With all the different things we encounter throughout the day like running behind schedule, not knowing what to wear, burning the toast, traffic etc., I’m sure godly speech could sometimes be the farthest thing from our lips, however, the Word instructs us on being thoughtful and intentional with our words.
As I continue reading A Wife After God’s Own Heart, by Elizabeth George, I have been learning some practical things we can do to fine tune our speech. She mentions a few key elements the Bible highlights of how our words should be. Let’s read some together:
Soft – Proverbs 25:15
A soft tongue can break hard bones.
Sweet – Proverbs 16:21
Sweetness of the lips increases learning.
Suitable – Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Sparingly – Proverbs 10:19
In the multitude of words sin is not lacking but he who restrains his lips is wise.
Slow – James 1:19
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
Even though we chanted as children “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” now as adults we know words can hurt many times more than stones so let’s nurture our relationships by improving our speech and making it thoughtful and intentional. Sweet as honey and lovely as a kiss.
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.