Day 9 – Soul Detox
Our words are powerful. They have the power to kill and the power to give life. Throughout the book of Proverbs, Solomon often writes about the dangers and the life-giving abilities of our words. He was very aware of the power of words. As a result, Solomon encourages us all to be aware of the types of words we speak to others and the positive and negative affects they can have.
What types of words do you tend to speak most – toxic or life-giving? Explain.
This strikes me as something important:
2 The tongue of the wise presents knowledge well, but the mouth of a fool spews out folly.
Presents knowledge well. A wise soul presents knowledge well. Doesn’t say we have ALL knowledge just that what we have we present well. I like that. That would require good and right thinking, wouldn’t it? I want to meditate on this until it makes a difference in me.
22 Without deliberation, plans go wrong; . . .
Does this say to you as it says to me that if I am not deliberate about casting down my toxic thinking, my ‘plan’ to think well, will be a failed plan?
And so it is true. Look at this.
28 The mind of the righteous thinks before speaking, but the mouth of the wicked spews out evil stuff.
This reminds me of something I have been thinking and praying about for a while now. We, people I mean, have forgotten how wicked without CHRIST we really are. We have forgotten that to ABBA sin is WICKED and EVIL. It’s not just a ‘mistake’ to Him. It is wicked and evil.
And this one I am comforted to think on . . .
29 Adonai is far from the wicked, but he listens to the prayer of the righteous.
He listens to my prayers. Not because I am righteous; far be it — but because JESUS is righteous and HIS righteousness has been imputed to me. Same for each of you who have said yes to JESUS in salvation. HE hears our prayers!
And there is much praying to do: family, friends, our Nation, the Church, the poor, the hungry, the lost having no Shepherd.
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