says noble things,
speaks what is right,
wickedness is an abomination to her lips,
every word she speaks is righteous.
her instruction is more precious than gold, silver, & jewels.
nothing compares to wisdom.
pride, arrogance, evil, & perverted speech are her POLAR OPPOSITES.
she has counsel, sound wisdom, insight and strength.
she brings riches and honor, enduring wealth and righteousness.
(from Proverbs Chapter 8)
"I [wisdom] love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me." Proverbs 8:17
"For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death." Proverbs 8:35-36
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is insight." Proverbs 9:10
I've been thinking about wisdom in Proverbs lately. The verses seem to say a lot about the words we speak having a great deal of importance and power. According to what it says, a wise person would not speak perversely or utter untruths they would speak life, wisdom, and truth.
Proverbs 10:11 says "The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life..."
"The lips of the righteous feed many." Prov. 10:21
"The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near." Prov. 10:14
There are a ton of verses similar to these in Proverbs that share the same ideas about wise/righteous words bringing forth life and blessing while perverse/wicked words bring ruin and death.
"If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless." James 1:26
James Chapter 3 says a lot about taming the tongue and the importance of it. I wanted to type it all out but I you can just go read it if you want to.
"With it [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so." James 3:9-11
I am a child of God, a god of love. I am not of this world, I am a new creation and an ambassador for Christ. I want the words that leave my mouth to be representative of who I really am! I want my words to be a fountain of life. I want to build with gold, not hay and sticks that burn away. I want my words to be valuable not worthless as soon as they are spoken. If you're a brother or sister in Christ then you know what a struggle it is to control your mind and tongue. We literally bless God one second with our words and then say something completely ridiculous and uncalled for in the same breath. This really shouldn't be. I'm going to be working on this in my own life; purifying my mind and taming my tongue to be more like wisdom personified in Proverbs. Who's with me?!