”She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” (Proverbs 31:26)
One of the most sobering thoughts I have ever dwelt upon is the prophecy of Matthew 12:36. ”But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement .” In my life, I find it is the sins of the tongue that I stumble into more often than any other sin.
Even beyond that, it is not usually the things I plan to say that later sting with regret – but those idle words. It is not usually the conversation with a specific purpose that grieves the Holy Spirit in my life – but those idle words. At least 99% of the time, it is when I am participating in chit-chat, ‘being sociable’, that I say those things which I later wish I did not have to account for when I will someday meet Christ.
Those idle words! Maybe exaggeration… maybe gossip… maybe criticism… maybe the display of unChristian attitudes and ideals.
Those things we say on the spur of the moment that Jesus Christ would never say. Someday we are going to answer to the Lord for every single one of those idle words, and the thought of it is frightening.
God given Christian ladies an amazing pattern emulate in the 31st chapter of Proverbs Her spiritual accomplishments are astounding. Surely if we can learn from her concerning how we ought to conduct our lives, we can also learn much from her on how to control our lips. “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
The first thing I noticed about her in this area is the fact that much more is written about what she does than what she says. While twelve verses speak of how she works, only one verse is devoted to how she talks. Perhaps the Lord is showing us that if we work twelve times as much as we talk we can be just as virtuous as she is!
Women are notoriously labeled for talking too much, and though men are often just as guilty, none of us are excused when it comes to ‘every idle word’ for which we must someday answer to God.
Notice this statement with me. ”She openeth her mouth with wisdom...” I wonder if it could read the same way if it were speaking of me? I am afraid it might say, “She openeth her mouth with foolishness…” if it were talking about some of my conversations.
Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.” Much of our conversation could fall into the category of foolishness because it would not be affected one iota if there actually were no God at work in our lives. Our talk is often completely void of God’s truth and wisdom.