The power of our words reveals the heart of the individual who is speaking–whether the person is wise or foolish. Therefore our words will produce positive or negative results to both ourselves and others, depending on our character.
The Character of Wisdom
The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom, – Proverbs 10:31a, HCSB
True wisdom is spoken by the lips of righteous people, those who have set their minds on the things of God. They want to bring glory and honor to their Creator by what they say. "The heart of the wise teaches his mouth."(Proverbs 16:23a, NKJV) So they think clearly before they speak.
Fools, according to the Bible, are those who talk carelessly. They are the ones who will use the power of their words in ways that will hurt themselves and others. But the speech of the wise expresses depth of life, spirituality, and knowledge that only brings benefits to themselves and others.
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive, but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness. – Proverbs 15:2, HCSB
The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, but not so the heart of fools. – Proverbs 15:7, HCSB
The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him. – Ecclesiastes 10:12, HCSB
A wise person who teaches pure knowledge disperses greater riches than if he or she was handing out thousand-dollar bills.
There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. – Proverbs 20:15, NKJV
The Benefits to Ourselves
Of course many of us have heard the saying, "You reap what you sow." That simply means that if we plant good seeds in good ground, we will be picking out some good fruit or vegetables when it is time for the harvest. We also get good things coming back to us when we plant wise words in the hearts of our fellow man.
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth. – Proverbs 12:14a, NKJV
A man takes joy in giving an answer; – Proverbs 15:23a, HCSB
A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth. – Proverbs 13:2a, NKJV
A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. – Proverbs 18:20, NKJV
Most of those verses above leave to our imagination what the benefits of speaking wisely to others really is. But think of it this way. We will be satisfied!
The next, and final article, in this series will reveal ways to speak wisely that have a positive impact on others: The inescapable power of words XII, For the benefit of others