Do you talk to yourself? What do you say?
Proverbs 8:7. for my mouth will utter truth;
In Proverbs 8:6-9 Wisdom is a person, a woman, who is calling out to us and should be listened to. Why? Because she speaks noble (v.6), right (v.6), and true (v.7). Fools tell lies. Wise people tell the truth.
Solomon uses an interesting word here in Proverbs 8:7. He says that Wisdom utters truth. The word utter means to mumble to yourself. So the wise person isn’t just saying the truth out loud to others, they are saying it to themselves quietly. Maybe this is where the wisdom is – saying things in your own head before you say them out loud.
Do you talk to yourself? Do you utter the truth to yourself? Do you go over things in your mind and heart, making sure they are true, before you let them come out of your mouth?
When talking to Christians, the Apostle Paul said something very similar to Solomon:
Ephesians 4:25. Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
When we are connected to Jesus we have already put away falsehood. How? Because Jesus is the truth and he lives in our heart. But now we need to choose to tell the truth too. Why? Because we all are members one of another. When we trust in Jesus, we don’t just belong to him, we belong to each other. We are all connected by his love and grace, and that means we never need to lie to each other again.
Because of Jesus we have been freed from falsehood and have the Truth living inside of us.
With Jesus we can always tell the truth.
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Keep working on Philippians 4:8 as your memory verse. Notice Paul says to think about what is true (Jesus is the truth).
Jesus, you have loved me so much that I don’t have to lie when I’m afraid or when I want to help myself. You have already helped me with all I need. Amen.
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