Words #TestingPositive Day 13

I am seeking wisdom.

Desperately, earnestly, constantly seeking.

Maybe it’s because this post-grad unemployed life is tumultuous, or maybe it’s because I’m getting older and realizing how very little I actually know.

Some seek wisdom by consulting mystics or fortune tellers or the stars, but I have sought words.

The words of experts.

The words of an ancient book titled, simply and aptly, “Proverbs.”

The Word Himself.

Sometimes I'm a breathing stereotype.

Sometimes I’m a breathing stereotype.

I’ve also been focusing on my words lately.  Not necessarily cleaning up my language (although that’s something I reckon needs a bit of work), but more so changing what I say, so that my speech is a reflection of the joy, hope, and truth of Christ.  It seems more than a happy coincidence that much of what I have found in my study of Proverbs relates to exactly this.  This section of my Bible is a rainbow of highlights and ink-smears and tear-stains, a testament to the journey my Jesus has taken me on over the years.

Today? Well, I’d just like to share a few of His words with yall.  These verses have challenged and inspired me, and I hope yall take them to heart.

[I included each verse first in the King James Version- because I find there is something beautiful and special about the language in that translation- and then in the Living Bible translation, the language/phrasing of which makes some passages clearer and more accessible.]

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.”

Proverbs 4:23

“There is that speaketh like the piercings of the sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”

“Some people like to make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise sooth and heal.”

Proverbs 12:18

Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

“Anxious hearts are very heavy, but a word of encouragement does wonders!”

Proverbs 12:25

“The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”

“The advice of a wise man refreshes like water from a mountain spring.  Those accepting it become aware of the pitfalls ahead.”

Proverbs 13:14

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.”

Proverbs 15:1

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

Gentle words cause life and health; griping brings discouragement.”

Proverbs 15:4

“The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.”

“A good man thinks before he speaks; the evil man pours out his evil words without a thought.”

Proverbs 15:28

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…”

“A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.”

Proverbs 17:22 

Our words have power.  Speak wisely.  Speak life.

I love those who love me,

and those who seek me find me

Those who find me find life,

and the LORD will be pleased with them.

Proverbs 8:17, 35

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