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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Proverbs 26:18-19 says, “Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, ‘I was only joking!’”  The lesson we can learn from this verse is that the words have ability to wound.  David knew the seriousness of words when he prayed, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3).  His son Solomon said, “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” Proverbs 21:23.

What both David and Solomon meant was that everyone has to be careful with their words, even kings have to choose carefully their words around others.  Not only that, but they pray for God to give them control of their words and help them use the right words.  From this we can conclude that David and Solomon saw the importance of words in regards to successful leadership.

Through their personal experience, they must have understood that words can cause people to be for or against them.  When David was on the run from Saul, words of encouragement must have played a key role in leading his small group of faithful men to follow him.  When David was fighting against his son Absalom and the odds were against him, it must have been motivating words that he gave his men that led him to win the civil war.

Before speaking let us pray for help.  A good practice is to ask ourselves, “Will my words build up others or do they tear them down?”  Today speak words of love that will build up others for the kingdom of God.

“Lord, what David and Solomon said is so right.  Words can hurt of build up.  Please help me today and every day to be careful what I say and how I say it.  Amen.”

John Huynh
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Hope Channel, Inc.