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I have shared this saying before, yet it is worth repeating. When I was a boy growing up, we said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” That is absolutely false! Words do hurt and cut into the fabric in the soul. We need to be careful of the words we use. We can deeply hurt another by using words that destroy another. These words are not always profane; words as if dumb or stupid have no place in the believer’s vocabulary. We must be wise and sensitive about our word usage. Our scriptural lesson today is in Proverbs 17:27.

 “A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.”

The writer states the one who is wise speaks with an understanding and even-tempered spirit. It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it. Only a foolish person says everything that comes to his/her mind. A wise person is careful in using words that are firm, rather than those that destroy. Many people have been hurt by unkind words. May every word that comes from our mouth give glory to God and edify another believer. Be slow to talk and ready to listen. The Bible has much to say about the tongue. Put a bridle on your tongue. May we be strengthened as we ask God to give us the right words to say, how to say them and when to say them. Use your words wisely.

Proverbs 17:27 (NLT)