Why is it that you more often hear people speak badly of someone than good? Why is it that people look for bad in others? A possible reason why people look for bad is so that they may destroy and pull people down others making them lower than themselves or to expose other people’s lower estate and make themselves appear to be better.
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. (Proverbs 16:27)
However by just glancing at this passage, you can see that those digging for dirt are really the individuals with the spiritual problem. Countless times I have seen people, in the name of Christ, look for dirt either to expose sin or a person’s wavering in faithfulness to Christ.
We would be better to recall and live the words of the Psalmist: “Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14) or the admonition of Paul: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
It is so easy for us to fall into this trap. It happens as a result of our outlook on life. If our heart’s desire is to help people and to make them successful, we may see these same negative characteristics, but only as obstacles to overcome so that the benefits and goodness of the individual may be exposed. Your tongue is a powerful instrument and can be used for good or evil. (James 3:5-10). Make sure that you use it wisely.
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. (Proverbs 12:25)
Did you know that everybody is having a hard time. Every person in the world is dealing with some type of problem in their lives. It may be sickness, financial, domestic, work related, oppression, passed experiences, sorrow, worry, failure and the list can go on. Their problem may be directly related to them in that the situation is in their life or it may result from them dealing with the situation in a loved one’s life. In either case, we all are dealing with issues and according to this passage, it makes our heart stoop or we experience depression. If we all are dealing with issues, how can we expect to help anybody? The way we help is with our words.
This proverbs lets us know that our words can make a stooping or depressed heart brighten up or become glad. We do not need to offer solutions to people’s problems, we just need to give them the words that they need. Galatians 6:1 tells us to bear one another’s burdens. If we speak words to struggling people that convey that they are not alone and that in your heart you are carrying the burden with them, it will bring the support and encouragement that they need and as Homer Alvan Rodeheaver wrote, it will brighten up the corner where they are.
The words that you speak are very powerful. Saying the right words can build and encourage people while saying the wrong thing or at times saying nothing can be destructive. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21).