Good Morning! Today is day 10 of our Proverbs Challenge. The verse that stood out to me was verses 19 through 21.
Proverbs 10:19-21 NLT
Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.  The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.  The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.
These verses really hit home. These last couple weeks I have been hearing people talk about this and talk about that. A friend even ask me ” Bobby, are you going to say anything about that?” I’ll tell ya, I sure wanted to, but the Lord laid on my heart to remain silent. Our Lord had His reason, so I have no problem with doing it.
We all have heard the old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Folks, let me tell you, that is wrong! Words have the power of life and death. The words contained in lies, arguments, insults, slander, gossip, rumors, and bragging can all be death dealing. Our words reflect the condition of our heart. Folks, think about that for a minute. Are you reflecting love or hatred? I’ll tell you this, if you profess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and your life and words don’t reflect love, you just may not possess Him. Many people try to conceal an evil heart by using pleasant words, but a person’s true character will eventually come out. James, the brother of Jesus, tells us that the tongue is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. You can read about that in James chapter 3.
Folks, as children of God we are to use our words sparingly and gently, speak life giving words with wisdom, know the right time to speak, and realize that at times even harsh criticism may be necessary. Folks, we have God’s Holy Spirit in us, let Him guide you on what to say, how yo say it, and when to say it. I’ll leave you what Jesus said on the subject of speech. His words hold more weight than mine.
“And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.  The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
Matthew 12:36-37 NLT