Daily Bible Reading “Watch Your Words” (Proverbs 12:17-28)

Proverbs 12 18Watch Your Words

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 12:17-28. In this Scripture we learn a lot about our speech. We are reminded that those who speak the truth declare righteousness: but a liar is deceptive.

There are those whose words pierce like a sword: but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

The truth will be established forever: but a lying tongue lasts only for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.

No evil will happen to the just: but the wicked will be filled with mischief. Those who tell lies are an abomination to the LORD: but those who are truthful are his delight.

A cautious man conceals knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness. The hand of the diligent will rule: but those who are lazy will labor.

Heaviness in the heart of man makes it sad: but a good word makes the heart glad. The righteous is more excellent than their neighbor: but the wicked seduces them.

The lazy man doesn’t cook what he catches while hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

The way of righteousness is life; and in their pathway is no death.

This Scripture reminds us that the words that come out of our mouths can be good or they can be harmful. Many times our words can offend others.

Our words can be truthful or they can be lies. The words we speak come from our heart. If our heart is not right with God it will be reflected by our language.

We need to learn to think before we speak. Many times the words fly out of our mouths before we even have time to think about them, especially if we are angry. We need to learn to engage our mind before we engage our mouth. Pause for a minute and THINK.

T = Is it True?

H = Is it Helpful?

I = Is it Inspirational?

N = Is it Necessary?

K = Is it Kind?

Once our words have been spoken it is too late to take them back. They are already out there and if they are sharp and cutting they hurt people. Sometimes hurt feelings take years or even a lifetime to heal.

This Scripture reminds me of the children’s song we used to sing in church, “Oh, be careful little mouth what you say.”

If we are to please God with our speech we need to put a guard over our mouths and speak words of encouragement, love, and inspiration to others. Lord, help us.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 12:17-28

17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

 

Things to think about:

  • How does this Scripture compare the righteous with the wicked?
  • Have you ever noticed these differences in people you know?
  • How can we learn to live like the righteous that are mentioned in this Scripture?
  • What are some ways we can guard our words?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we are again reminded of the differences in the way that righteous people and wicked people handle matters. Help us to use our mouth in ways that are pleasing to You. Help us to always deal with others in a way that will bring honor to You. Forgive us of all the times we have failed You in this area of our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Heart Check-up” (Proverbs 10:27-32)

 A Clean Heart Heart Check-up

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 10:27-32. We are told in this Scripture that the fear of the LORD increases our days: but the years of the wicked will be shortened. The fear of the LORD begins in our heart. Many times people shorten their lives by the way of life they choose.

The hope of the righteous is gladness: but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

The way of the LORD is strength to those of integrity: but destruction will be to those who cause trouble.

The righteous will never be removed: but the wicked will not inhabit the earth.

The mouth of the just speaks wisdom: but the perverse tongue will be cut out.

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks forwardness.

The Bible says those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. (see Matthew 15:18-20)

Have you ever noticed how some people’s mouth sounds like a garbage can and other people seem to exude honey? Most of us probably are somewhere between the two of them, but we can learn a lot about what’s going on with a person by how they speak.

As believers we need to put a guard on our lips. The enemy would like nothing better than for us to speak in a way that was not pleasing to God. We may also cause others to stumble if our speech is not pleasing to God. If we have trouble in this area we need to do a heart check-up to see if something is going on in our heart that we need to ask God for forgiveness.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 10:27-32

27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

 

Things to think about:

  • Why is the life of those who are evil shortened?
  • Why can the righteous be glad?
  • In what ways does the LORD give us strength?
  • Have you done a heart check-up lately?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in Proverbs we are reminded of the difference between those who fear the LORD and those who choose a life of sin. Help us to keep a guard over our mouths that we may glorify You in all that we say and do. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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PS. Thank you for coming to DeborahHBateman.com to study the Bible with us. Please come back again tomorrow and invite your friends and family to join us for Bible Study.

 

Featured Book:

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About the book:

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This devotional would be great for either a personal daily devotions or group Bible studies, including small groups, and Sunday school classes. Each devotional contains a brief commentary by the author, the daily Bible Scripture, a prayer of the day, and several questions for personal reflection or group discussion.

In God is Love, Deborah strives to show you not only what love is, but that love comes from God, as well as the love of God surpasses all imagination. Her goal for you as you read this book is that you would realize how much God loves you.

Benefits of reading God is Love
• You will learn what love is
• You will learn about different kinds of love
• You will learn how much God loves you
• You will learn of the sacrifice made by God because of His love for you

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Deborah

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