Wise Words (Scripture Union Daily Guide Devotional)

Wednesday January 13, 2021
Text: Proverbs 18:1-13
Theme: Wise Words

The focus of this lesson is on the effects of wise words and foolish words. Wise words build up while foolish words tear down and cause destruction. Verse 4 gives us the picture of wise words, thus;

the words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.

Words are deep because they are the commonest way to express what is in our hearts. There is no act by which the thought of a man can be shown in his face but his words give a glimpse of it. Words are bullets and many of us don’t use it right. Our words must show if we are wise or foolish; believers or unbelievers, good people or perverse;

for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matt 12:34)

Verses 2,6,7 and 13 show us the content and manner of foolish words. While verse 4 shows us that of wise words. Foolish words gets you into trouble. It has nothing good to offer in building up the life of others. So,


  • If you conclude a matter before hearing it (v13)
  • you always want to air your own opinion (v2) and
  • your words always get you into trouble (v6) then,
  • your mouth is your ruin and you trap yourself with your lips (v7).


Read Also: The Beatitudes

Consider these two verses

 be swift to hear. Slow to speak and slow to wrath. (James 1:19)

in multitude of words there wants not sin. (Proverbs 10:19

A christian whose mouth runs like tap is a shame and disgrace to himself and the entire body of Christ. He is a talebearer and a revealer of secrets. Our words must be seasoned with salt and always bring edification to our hearers. Remember Matt 12:36.

We Pray God today to help put a stopper in our lips against all unthinking say, that we may speak only wise words in Jesus name, Amen

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