I love words.
Talking, writing, thinking, talking, reading, talking...
As someone who loves words, I often land in hot water because of them. I speak before I think, I say too much, I talk when I should listen...on and on it goes.
A few years ago I noticed the wealth of wisdom regarding the words we speak nestled in the book of Proverbs and I jotted down 'words' at the end of each statement, for a quick easy reference. It's a gold mine!!!
A few of my favorites?
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
Chpt 10:19 (an ouch verse for me)
When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be cut out.
An anxious heart weighs a man down,
but a kind word cheers him up.
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
THINK before you speak - ask yourself is it True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind?
The heart of the righteous weighs it's answers
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil?
The wise in heart are called discerning,
and pleasant words promote instruction.
A wise man's heart guides his mouth,
and his lips promote instruction.
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
and a man of understanding is even tempered.
He who answers before listening
that is his folly and his shame.