Monday, October 6, 2014
Speak What Is Right and True
- On the contrary, a bad, unwise, and prideful king would hate one who speaks the truth if that truth points out his errors/sins (ex: King Ahab, King Herod), if it makes him envious (ex: King Saul), etc.
- Words are very important! What we say and how we say reflect our hearts and character. "One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend." (Proverbs 22:11) "An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips." (Proverbs 24:26) The king (or your boss :)) will love you for your honesty and integrity. We learned last Wednesday that the right words at the right time are as beautiful and desirable as apples of gold in settings of silver (Proverbs 25:11) "The tongue of the righteous is choice silver." (Proverbs 10:20a) "From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom...The lips of the righteous know what finds favor." (Proverbs 10:31a, 32a) Joseph, Daniel, and Mordecai were loved, valued, and favored by kings because of wise & truthful words from their righteous lips. "The heart of the righteous weighs its answers." (Proverbs 15:28a) Think before you speak! May we always speak the truth in love with grace, gentleness, humility, and respect!