Speak that which is Acceptable

Reading For Today: Proverb Chapter 10

Gold Nugget
Verse 32: 
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.

Kids say the dandiest thingswell something like that anyway. As much as we would have preferred it, our children didn’t come stock from the factory with mouth filters. How many times would it have saved us embarrassment if they did? It’s cute for the most part when they are toddlers. Their ignorance is both bliss and a blessing. There comes a time, however, when ignorance is neither bliss nor a blessing. As they get older, grace for their ignorance is lessened. What may be cute for a 4 year old doesn’t hold true for someone older. I remember once when I was about 9 years old another kid my age saying something to a person over-weight, that they should be careful when sitting in a chair, it may break. From someone 4 years old, it would have been ignorant and understandable. From someone 9 years old it was pure folly. Even at that age, I remember it so clearly today because of how foolish it seemed to me. Don’t get me wrong. I say something foolish probably daily to some extent. You don’t have to look hard or far to find someone more refined than this ol’ Texan. When in certain circles, I have to behave above my norm. The key is knowing what is acceptable. Like today’s “gold nugget” says, The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse. Knowing the right and wrong things to say and when not to say anything at all is a characteristic of one who has both knowledge and understanding. I have been in a room when an adult will speak just as foolish as a child. With ignorance they reveal what they do not know. I imagine for every circle that you or I may be at the upper end of wisdom, there is another arena where we are at the bottom. The only confidence I have is the truth that glares at us today through this scripture. Whether we are the “wisest” person in the room or the least, we can speak with confidence if our knowledge and understanding is of His Word. Having a grasp on the Wisdom of His Word, surpasses all wisdom of this world. If we know the Word, we know what is “acceptable" and speak on it as such. If not, our mouths will speak of perversion whether we recognize it or not.

Lord, if we hang in there with your Word and absorb it truths, we will be able to speak and do so with confidence. Give us the knowledge that comes from you when we speak and we will speak appropriately. Convince us that even as children speak out of ignorance, if we lack the knowledge of your Word, we will speak perversely as the wicked. Amen

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