‘The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. ‘
‘Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. ‘
You left the time with Jesus yesterday sure of who he is. Truly we praise him for he is Holy Holy Holy – the Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is filled with his glory.
So, today you come and quietly wait to hear His voice. He begins by saying, “Hear, my son (daughter), and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.” (Proverbs 4:10, 20-21) You blink taken aback. The question , “are are going to talk about words?” hangs on your brow? Without you speaking Jesus says, “Yes, every word matters. The words that I say to you as well as the words that you will say.”
Jesus continues, remember that one of my names is, The Word. Therefore I am acutely attuned to words and to the power they possess. As John writes, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3) See that through the power of The Word, creation shines, spins, and survives. As my image bearer you are also empowered with words. Yet, there is a distinct difference in the one who has my word living within him and seeks my Word continually and the ones who live by their own words. In fact, ‘The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. ‘ (Proverbs 10:11)
You’re taken aback by this proverb and began to reflect on the words you have spoken in just these last few days. You realize that you wish you hadn’t spoken some of those words and that other times what you spoke brought about good. Jesus’ eyes don’t look harsh or reproachful but full of grace He says, “Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. “ (Proverbs 4:24) You realize you have a choice, there is a way in which to guard your words. He continues, “remember that the power of the Holy Spirit dwells in you and will counsel you in how to use your words. He will give you a righteous speech as you spend time in the Word. “Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.” “ (Proverbs 16:13)
He smiles again, waits for you patiently to look up at Him. He says there are three characteristics of your words that I would like to develop in you through the power of the Holy Spirit. I want to make your words be few, calm, and apt. That your words would be few because, “when words are many, transgression is not lacking.” (Proverbs 10:19) That your words will be calm so that you will see that “a soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. “ (Proverbs 15:1) And finally that they will be apt because, “to make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23) I want to help you guard your heart because, ‘out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34) I want to fill your heart with abundant Word of God so that you can bless others with the overflow of life that will inevitably pour out from you. “
Now, you smile and relax back into the chair feeling the ease of His presence once again. Knowing that you are not striving but instead walking in step with the Wisdom of God.