Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6. And in Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. While Proverbs 12:11 tells us that::here is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing – and a gentle answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
The eyes are often considered as mirrors that reflects the depth of the soul, but words are the instrument that reveals the very spirit of a man – for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A heart that is filled with gracious love is likely to pour fourth a healing foundation of gracious words. Speech can be seen like a valve on a geezer, which can be turned one way or another – where the external reading reveals the internal temperature. What streams out of the mouth can reveal a bright or a clouded heart. What pours forth from the lips can declare the inner atmosphere of the soul.
The sweet psalmist sang in Psalm 41, set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth. And this man after God’s own heart continued : keep watch over the door of my lips – for it is by the words of our mouths that the thoughts of the heart are judged. But how precious is that proper, timely word in due season.. that uplifting message of comfort; that encouraging word of praise; that heart-warming expression of commendation – that quite voice which consoles the hurting or gently checks the fault. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Col.4:6
Purity of speech drops like sparkling dew onto a parched and thirsty land. It blesses the one that listen, it commends the one that delivers and it has value that cannot be measured. Would that all I say could be identified with such purity of heart! Would that all I think could be worthy of God’s intense, unchecked scrutiny! Would that all my words and thoughts pass through His purifying fire before delivery!
The Lord is jealous of what falls from the lips of His children. He listens with open ear to the treasure or otherwise that falls from our lips – and warns us that every idle word that we speak, will require an accounting. He reminds us that man must live according to God’s Word: for man must live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord Mat.4:4
There should be harmony between our speech to men and our prayers to God for the same mouth should not pour forth.. at one time blessing and another time cursing. James.3:11. There is a condition of the heart we need to foster. There is a wholesome discipline of mind that we ought to cultivate, where word and thought to man and God pour forth the same soothing balm of Gilead – for lips which sing His glorious praises.. should not require continued sorrow and repeated repentance.
Of the lovely Lord Jesus we heard:- Never a man spake like this man, and they wondered.. at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. John 7:46. Let us abound in purity of thought and graciousness of speech – by the power of the Holy Spirit in all we say and think and are. And may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
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