Have you ever been tricked by something someone said? How did it make you feel?
Proverbs 10:31-32. 31The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off. 32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
Twice here Solomon warns against perverse speech. The word perverse means twisted or crooked. The person who uses perverse speech is trying to trick, confuse, or lie to others.
But the problem isn’t just what we say, is it? The perverse mouth comes from a wicked heart. No one is accidently perverse when they talk. No one tricks others by accident or deceives others without wanting to. We talk this way because we have bad ideas and intentions. We want to hurt someone or make them look foolish. But the only fool is the person who is using twisted talk.
Do you twist things around when you talk? Do you say things that are unacceptable? Do you tend to get in trouble for the things you say? If yes, then be careful, the perverse tongue will be cut off. Yikes! Not actually cut, but the person who talks this way will be made to be quiet.
Instead of what is perverse the righteous person knows what is acceptable to say. What is acceptable? The Apostle Paul gives us a list in Philippians 4:8.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
These are the things that Jesus says to us. And these are the things we can say to others.
Because of Jesus we can know what is righteous and true.
With Jesus our speech never has to be perverse or tricky.
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Make Philippians 4:8 a memory verse for your family.
Jesus, I want my words to reflect who you are and what you say to me. Help me to hear you and then repeat you to others. Amen.
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