Words as Wells of Life: The Responsibility of Speech

Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

More is either created or destroyed by what is spoken than what is done, for what is done is only spawned by what is spoken. Words dictate thought; thoughts dictate attitudes; attitudes dictate action. It all starts with what influences the thought process, so be careful what you say to others as well as what you allow others to say to you! Our most powerfully creative tool given to us is our ability to communicate. However, James said that the tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. We know then that the tongue can be as equally destructive as it can be constructive. We must learn that words shape events, which ultimately shapes history! What kind of history are you making for yourself and your family?

Today’s text tells us that the mouth of a righteous man is a well of life. This tells me that with the guidance of God’s Spirit and His great wisdom, our words can create life! Much is said in Proverbs about the tongue, and rightfully so! Your life will be made or broken by its effect. If your speech is destructive, then your attitude needs to be adjusted with the Word of God. God’s Word is the only thing that can take a depraved heart of sin and death, and make it alive unto God! The psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” It is imperative that we correct our actions by correcting our attitudes by shaping our thoughts with the Word of God! When we do this, then we are able to share the waters of that well of life with all others around us!

Today, determine to speak only that which is true and constructive, for it will create a positive, lively atmosphere in which God can move. Proverbs 12:18 also says, “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” Even when we speak a truth to others that may at first be somewhat painful for them, if our attitude is right, we can be even as Jesus told his disciples to be; wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. What we say to others should only be healthy for them. A proper mix of truth, compassion, and encouragement is the most productive form of speech we have to offer! Change your world today for the better by what you say. You’ll be surprised what a difference you’ll make!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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