Proverbs 31 Woman — Part 17

She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

(Proverbs 31:26)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the Word. You are Wisdom. You are Kindness. You are Love. You are all the things we run out of so quickly. Forgive us that we so often look unto other people and things instead of looking to the One who is above all. Enable us to grow in Your Love. Make us wise, O God we pray, that we may learn to use our words seasoned with love and kindness. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

The virtuous woman’s speech is filled with wisdom. Her words are kind — reminding herself and encouraging others to do what is right. Are we able to do the same?

READ — Let’s read it again

She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

ENGAGE — What does the verse say?

How does the virtuous woman open her mouth?
(with) _____

What law is on her tongue?
(the law of) _____

Matthew Henry comments on this verse:

Her wisdom and kindness together put a commanding power into all she says; they command respect, they command compliance. How forcible are right words!

Yes, words are powerful. They can build us and others up, and they can tear us and others down. That is why it is so important that we watch out and stay in control of them.

We are in such a powerful position. Our role is very important. Within the safety of our homes we can guide our husband and our children the most.

APPLY — Think: How does this apply to you?

What is your attitude while communicating? Do you submit to authorities and correction? Are your conversations seasoned with kindness? Where lies your strength when you happen to correct others? What is your weakness in doing so?

DO — Think: What are some of the ways you could apply this verse?

Speech begins within yourself. Watch over things that occupy your mind. Be careful what things you are giving access to your heart. (John Flavel wrote a great piece called “Keeping the Heart” which thoroughly covers that)

Use the Word. Listen to what Hebrew 4:12 says:

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

You cannot use what you do not know. So make it your top priority to study God’s Word.

Watch your mouth — outside and inside your home. Your words are powerful especially inside your home. Where do you see opportunities for yourself to build up another person? What kind of words are we using in prayer?

Written words are powerful. You are not able to reach your husband and/or your children (and grandchildren) because you cannot talk with each other? How about writing a little note, email, or even a letter to them?

Wisdom and kindness are found in God’s Word. Read your Bible today!

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