Words really do matter to God, to people, and to us. Let’s take closer look at the verses speaking directly to this topic in Proverbs 15.
1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Have you ever been married? You might have direct experience with this verse, like I do!
2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
Have you ever had a friend who always knew the right thing to say? Conversely, have you ever had a friend who just talks endlessly about nothing?
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
I love the word picture in this verse. A wholes tongue is a tree of life. What we speak can bring life in others! What an awesome privilege!
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool does not do so.
Now we see wisdom is tied to how we use our mouths.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
It gets better, see prayers of the upright are His delight.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
If we have understanding we will seek knowledge. If we don’t we’ll feed on foolishness.
23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
Words can make a great impact in others lives.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant.
Our words should always be pure and pleasant.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Our words in prayer will be heard by Him.
Oh Father may the words of my mouth be pure and pleasant. May I speak what is wholesome and wise. May I speak a joyful word in due season and lift a fellow sojourner up to you. Teach me your ways Lord. I want more of you and less of me. Thank you for your word, your spirit and Jesus Christ who save me. In His name I pray these things. Amen.