It’s WORDS WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re examining Proverbs on communication.
Once again, here’s our PROVERB-O-RAMA WHEEL OF WORDS:
Today you get two topics for the price of one: HONEST and DIRECT words.
Let’s start with the truth (or lack thereof). According to a recent study, 91% of us lie “routinely.” 86% lie to their parents, 75% lie to their friends, 73% lie to their siblings and 69% lie to their spouses. Yikes.
God detests lies. Here’s what the Bible says:
A lying tongue hates those it hurts. (Proverbs 26:28)
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. (Proverbs 24:26)
In other words, lies are hateful and hurtful but the truth is like heavenly smooches.
To tell you the truth, lies are downright satanic. Speaking of Satan, Jesus said:
When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
So, when we lie we’re speaking Satan’s native tongue. Think about that the next time you’re tempted to fib.
A close corollary to HONEST words is DIRECT words. Jesus said:
If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. (Matthew 18:15)
Waaaaay too often we ignore those instructions and GOSSIP behind others’ backs. Here’s what the Bible says about that:
A gossip betrays a confidence so avoid anyone who talks too much. (Proverbs 20:19)
Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. (Proverbs 26:20)
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels, they go down to the inmost parts. (Proverbs 18:8)
To sum up in 8 little words:
(Source: The Day America Told the Truth, by William Patterson)