Words from the Heart for Thursday October 26th, 2017
The hearts of wise people guide their mouths. Their words make people want to learn more. Kind words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body.
Proverbs 16: 23-24 (NIRV)
Hearts and Words
Try an experiment. Commit to putting these two verses into practice today in your conversation. Ask the Lord to help you to choose kind words. Ask the Lord for wisdom to come from His heart to yours and then flow out of your mouth. Watch for the joy of seeing your words bring healing. This experiment could actually become a new way of living!
There is no more a Canadian word than “chinook.” It is an Inuit word that means, “snow that melts” and it describes perfectly the warm wind that comes over the mountains of western Canada in the winter that can raise the temperature miraculously, causing the snow to melt almost immediately. I was in Lethbridge, Alberta one winter weekend and when I arrived the snow was a meter deep. Next morning when I woke up and looked outside, it was completely gone. A chinook had arrived overnight.
We naturally speak what is in our heart. What is in us will come out through our words. If our hearts are filled with peace and righteousness, then the words we speak will also be filled with peace and righteousness. The Bible understands this to be true and King Solomon writes in Proverbs 16:23-24: “The hearts of wise people guide their mouths. Their words make people want to learn more. Kind words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body.” Solomon sure knows how to turn a phrase – the hearts of wise people guide their mouths. We have all known people who seem to have no guard over their mouths. They speak whatever is on their hearts and minds, no matter how hurtful they might be. They sadly point to what is in the heart of that person. How much better to ask the Lord to give us a heart of compassion and concern so that the words we speak, to use Solomon’s wisdom here, bring healing to both the spirit and the body. Make sure your words are like honey today.
These have been words from the heart.