I was once in a room of about twelve people who were all talking at once. Not a pretty sight, but everybody was happily making noise, apparently not caring whether or not anyone was listening. The activity was to talk, not to listen.

Listen to the words of the wise;
apply your heart to my instruction.
For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart
and always ready on your lips.
Proverbs 22.17-18 NLT

The wise person listens first, not to just anyone, but to the wise whose wisdom comes from above, then internalizes those words, then will have something to say. And that wisdom, after it has been learned and lived, will always be on the tip of the tongue, ready to bless.

Father, let me listen first to you, so that I might have something to say to others.

Hold this thought: To hear is first the wisdom rule, / But empty words belong to the fool.

Read the second in a series of three: Even you.

2 thoughts on “Always ready on your lips

  1. Proverbs has a lot to say about what to say, how to say it and when to say it doesn’t it?

    Here’s a few that say something to me particularly:

    Proverbs 15:28 – “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.”

    Proverbs 23:9 – “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.”

    Proverbs 29:11 – “A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back.”

    Have a good un’, Randal.

    • Indeed, the book is full of good counsel on the use of the tongue. Those are good samples. Thanks for sharing them! I need to burn them on my forehead. 😉

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