“And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
What kind of speech are you known for? Have you ever heard the quote, “Them is fighting words!”? I have, (though I don’t know where it came from). Is this what others think about your words? Or, are you known for your gracious speech? Are your words like a sweet, delectable treat for others to enjoy and benefit from? Do your words put others at ease and fill them with peace, or do they set everybody on edge and make everyone uncomfortable? Do people want to be around you? Are they excited to see you? DO they ask for your advice? (it doesn’t count if they listen when you give them yours unasked for, that just means that they are gracious :) ) Are you a strife-maker or a peacemaker?
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
The Bible has much to say on the subject of speech. Do you follow it’s guidance? If you do, then you will live a happy, peaceable, delightful life. You will have MANY friends, and even “kings” will want you for a friend! (Proverbs22:11) If you reject God’s rules for the tongue, then you can be ensured to have heartache, turmoil, unrest, and a lonely life on this earth. Beg of God to cleanse your mouth as He cleansed Isaiah’s (Isaiah 6:5-7). For we are indeed living among a people of unclean lips.
“Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:”
Graciousness is a rare jewel these days, but even now, those who are gracious, stand out and are admired and loved by men. Those who lack discretion and grace, and are odious and prideful in word, are despised and rejected, hated of good men. To which class of tongue do you belong?
“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
I want to strive for perfection in conformity to Christ. How did Jesus speak to others? People marveled at his gracious words(Luke 4:22)! His words delighted the hearts of good men, and bad men’s mouths were closed (Matthew 22:46, Mark 12:34, Luke20:40)! Glorious! How does your speech compare? Do people know that you are a “carpenter’s son” or a “fisherman”? Let us examine our speech, and thereby our hearts, for whatsoever proceeds out of our mouth, reveals the state of it. Lord help us!
“Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.”