June 17, 2018
Proverbs 13:2… From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
The first half of this proverb hit me this morning. Our words are like seeds and from those seeds we get plants which produce fruit. James, in the 3rd chapter of his letter addresses the negative effects of words, cautioning us to be careful what we say.
James 3:5b-6… How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire. And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.
Our words, inspired by our worldly desires, cause harm and evil. But, according to Solomon, they can also provide us with good fruit. In the same manner that our words can cause a fire that burns things up, they can also cause fruit that is good for us. The first time I read James, I thought a man would be better off mute; I thought I would. But, with our words we plan our future. How do you speak about yourself? I have a bad habit of putting myself down. I speak, belittling myself, probably to appear humble. Now, there is a rabbit trail. “Appearing humble” is not the same as being humble. There is no Biblical command to appear humble. If you are caught, as I have been, in that lie, here is a verse to quote daily.
Ephesians 2:10… For, we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
You were created intentionally by God. (read Psalms 139) You are here now, to do His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13… For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
The first thing I notice about this verse is that according to one’s will, he works. God works in us to will and to work. God will not work into us selfishness. I suspect there are people with evil intentions, but I don’t think I know any. Speak of yourself as God’s child and let those words turn into a tree in your life from which you can eat fruit. Do the same for others.