Proverbs 12:6

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,

    but the mouth of the upright delivers them.

Proverbs 12:6 ESV

Words matter. Do you realize that your words can reveal your heart. Note the contrast in imagery used here: death vs. deliverance. The words of the wicked are deadly. The words of he upright provide deliverance.

What is the pattern of your speech? Are your conversations and comments filled with destruction; cutting remarks, sarcasm, criticism, etc? If so, you should recognize how this reflects your heart. “I’m just joking” isn’t a free ticket to hurt others with our words.

Again, notice that the words of the upright provide deliverance. In other words, they are encouraging, helpful words. That doesn’t mean there is never a word of criticism, but this criticism is corrective in nature, not destructive.

As you reflect over your words, do you hear words of deliverance? If so, carry on. If not, consider your heart.

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