In this social media age where memes are king, how many times a day do you see a graphic on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram of a proverbial quote against the backdrop of a sunset or a forest or a river, etc., etc.? Without casting any judgment on those who post these pictures, do you ever find yourself wondering if the person posting the quote actually abides by it, or even fully understands it?Read More
James now ends his book in theStory speaking to us about words. How do we speak to one another?
James emphasizes verse twelve saying “above all else” as he encourages us to speak simply using single syllables. “Yes” or “No” is all you need to say..” in order to remove us from compromising ourselves by hedging the truth.Read More prayer, truth, words, pointing others to Jesus
The psalmist makes a few interesting comparisons in this passage, and they’re worth paying attention to. First, he mentions the silent influence of the sun and moon, how they are able to cause change and exercise power without uttering a single word.Read More worship, listening, words, action, God’s law
Read Reflect The first few lines of this passage present such an incredible mindset to aspire to: “My thoughts are filled with beautiful words for the king, and I will use my voice as a writer would use pen and ink.” The king in this passage is commonly interpreted as Jesus, which only brings that […]Read More prayer, worship, praise, words
In a world where lip-service, distorted truths and blatant fabrications dominate the Internet and every “alt-media” piece going, it’s difficult to know what is real and what isn’t. This uncertainty has created mounting frustration and a widespread yearning for authenticity, whether it’s from news sources, the restaurant we’re dining at, or the people we surround ourselves with.Read More relationships, words, authenticity
In these verses the father warns his son about falling into the web of an immoral person. He describes one whose words may be “as sweet as honey and as smooth as olive oil,” but whose character is ruined by sin. He warns that associating with such people will only lead to “bitter poison and pain.”Read More wisdom, words
Every day, people are deeply wounded by the words of another. There are those who are devastated by the words of someone they thought loved them, and there are others who are left distraught by people who will tell them one thing and do something else behind their back.Read More pain, protection, words, wounds, God's words
Some surprises are never good. Slander is among those. It’s unexpected, sudden and it hurts.
This two-verse proverb compares slander to an unexpected wind that brings in damaging rain, the kind that can ruin a crop.
One commentator points out that people in Israel expect the rain to come with a west wind, not a north wind.Read More words, slander