Monday’s Moment

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things (Proverbs 15:28).

The word translated “righteous” is defined as: just, lawful, presenting the idea of being right with God. In contrast, the word translated “wicked” is defined as: morally, wrong; a bad person: condemned, guilty, ungodly.

Have you stopped yourself from saying something, then contemplated what you were about to say and changed what you were going to say and the way you were about to say it? Solomon said that the righteous “study” the things he is to say. Solomon taught that the man after God’s heart: ponders or meditates upon what he is to say. The apostle Paul wrote: Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man (Colossians 4:6).

Have you ever had to “take back” some words you have spoken? This is really a misnomer, because we cannot “take back” our words. We may apologize for what we said or we may excuse ourselves for how we spoke, but we cannot take back our words. It has always been true, that the word spoken cannot be unspoken. In this computer era, in which we live, the need to “study” our answer is emphasized every day. 

Let us be people of the book of God; let us be numbered with the righteous; let us study our words to answer as God would have us to answer. We must know how to answer our friends and our foes; we must know how to answer the wise and the fool; we must know how to answer those in the body of Christ and those outside of the body of Christ.

The wicked pour forth their answers because there are no parameters by which they are constrained; the wicked pour forth their answers because they choose not to follow God; the answers of the wicked bring forth evil things because they refuse to hear and heed the word of God.

The tongue cannot be tamed by man (James 3:8), but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26) and through Christ the child of God can do all things (Philippians 4:13).

Let us have the heart and the tongue of the righteous.