Some people love speaking their mind. They like to say it like it is. No hemming, no strings. They are known for not having a filter.
The Bible has a classification for this kind of lifestyle. Foolishness. It is harmful to other people—and it is a roundabout way to hitting the self-destruct button.
Wisdom puts a filter over our mouths. Some things don’t need to be said. If we are the people who “say what we think,” we will not be the people who commend the wisdom of God.
We are to always be honest. We are to always be truthful. And we are to always seek after God’s wisdom for our lives.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)
Rather than blurting out our words, the Scriptures call for a craftsmanship to our speech.
Prov. 25:11 is giving is a remarkable image. Imagine a hunk of gold crafted into an impressive cluster of apples. And now imagine those pristine apples of gold, set, not in hay, or on a nice black cloth, but in silver. It’s superb craftsmanship. Valuable. Desirable. The message, the medium, and the manner all matter.
“The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”(Proverbs 16:21)
Sweet speech doesn’t mean we should speak like little ol’ lady from Georgia. Wisdom calls us to communicate in a helpful manner, with speech that is not bitter, off-putting, or yucky. This is effective teaching. It’s thoughtful, crafted, and meant to serve the hearer. It’s seasoned with grace. “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6).
Sweet and salty. We know this is a divine combo! Let’s commend God’s grace to one another. Always. Let’s speak of grace. And let’s speak like Grace, Jesus himself, has spoken for us. We are his.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29)