Proverbs 10:28 – Verse of the Day 3/28/13
Most of Proverbs 10 expounds upon the benefits of wise speech and the costs of foolish speech. Verses 18-22 and 31-32 explain the differences between foolish and wise speech, while the verses they surround (including this verse) unpack the consequences of such speech. Therefore, the author emphasizes the fact that what we say has serious consequences, and we should be very attentive to our words. Righteous speech is powerful and provides joy, while wicked speech has similarly devastating effects.
While the Proverbs speak often of the power of human words, this discussion points us to the divine Word who took on human flesh, Jesus Christ. Our speech will always be colored by our sin, but the God’s word is perfect and eternal, and in fact it is the means of our salvation. Spend some time in prayer, reflecting on the fact that God himself became a human being; that Jesus the Word took on human flesh (John 1:1-14) in order to save you from all your sin, including wicked speech. As you reflect on that awesome reality, ask God to help you to speak wisely in a way that honors Him.