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Speech #7—Persuasively Sweet

The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:22-23

Godly wisdom is the ability to see and to seek what will bring us the greatest happiness for the longest time. So it’s no surprise when Proverbs, the Bible’s biggest repository of teaching about wisdom, repeatedly promises good to us if we will control our mouths; for hardly anything brings us more misery than a few ill-chosen words. And it’s no surprise that God appeals to our twin desires for personal pleasure and effectiveness to motivate us to employ our wisdom in controlling our speech. A well-taught mouth is clearly advantageous. It is also hard work; because, left to themselves, our mouths seem to be foolish and ignorant. We must strive to deliver sweet morsels with our tongues, morsels that change our hearers for good. To accomplish we must discipline ourselves; it doesn’t happen by accident. Nor does it occur immediately or perfectly. We must be patient and persistent. As we become aware of our speech, we must become aware of the effect our words have on our hearers, and in what situations we tend to experience the most difficulty. Eventually, we’ll be able to say with Isaiah: “The Eternal Lord has taught my tongue, so I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.”

May the meditations of my heart and the words of my mouth be acceptable to you, O Lord, and change the lives of your people, in Jesus’ name. Amen


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