06/06/15 The Struggle of the Lips

READING: Proverbs 10-12

TEXTS AND APPLICATION: Many of the sayings for today’s readings address the use of the mouth. The bottom line is this: the wise, righteous man speaks with integrity. Let’s let the Word just speak for itself:


Prov. 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Prov. 10:13  Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of the one who lacks sense.

Prov. 10:31-32  The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is appropriate, but the mouth of the wicked, only what is perverse.

Prov. 11:13 A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.

Prov. 12:13-14 An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech, but a righteous one escapes from trouble. A man will be satisfied with good by the words of his mouth, and the work of a man’s hands will reward him.

Prov. 12:18  There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Prov. 12:22 Lying lips are detestable to the Lordbut faithful people are His delight.


Our lips are a reflection of our heart. Thus, I’m provoked to ask these kinds of application questions about myself:

  • Do I speak truth at all times?
  • Is wisdom found in my words when I speak? Do I bring life to others by my words? 
  • Do my lips really know what is appropriate, or do I cross the line — even rarely — into sin?
  • Am I a gossip? Do I delight in the information about others so much so that I can’t wait to tell?
  • Do I speak rashly, or do my words bring healing? 

PRAYER: Ministry is so much about words that a lying, rash, rebellious, compromising mouth affects everything. Please pray that I can answer the above questions well.   


TOMORROW’S READING: Proverbs 13-15  

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