During my quiet time this morning I read Proverbs chapter 10. I noticed it had a number of things to say about the speech of the righteous.
– The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.
– The tongue of the righteous is choice silver.
– The lips of the righteous feed many.
– The mouth of the righteous brings worth wisdom.
– The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable.
I assume, using New Testament lenses, that the righteous refers to people who by grace have clothed themselves with the righteousness of Jesus Christ through faith in him, who live according to his will, and who are filled with his wisdom. This kind of people are in a position to be a blessing to others through their speech.
What comes out of their mouth? Life-giving wisdom. Not only practical wisdom pertaining to the affairs of this life, but more importantly gospel wisdom, the wisdom that leads to eternal life.
Their speech is also attractive, able to delight those who listen to them. What they have to say is precious and even rare because of the spiritual insight they possess.
But they don’t just blurt out anything that comes to their mind. They weigh and they consider; they choose their words carefully; they restrain their lips. They speak the truth, but they do so in love, and at the right time and at the right place.
And finally they share their knowledge. They don’t hoard it and just keep it to themselves. For the only way they will be able to feed many with their lips is if they share the wisdom God has given them. And they do this not only as a matter of stewardship but because they care for people. They want others to be blessed.
So go and be a blessing! Share the wisdom you’ve been given.