The Lips of the Righteous
“The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.”
Repeatedly in Proverbs we see the use of antonyms; the foolish and the wise, the righteous and the wicked, the lazy and the diligent, and a mouth that speaks life or death. Just as a spring of water does not bring forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening, so our mouth should not speak blessing and cursing towards others. It is not becoming of a righteous person to speak wickedly, for it defiles his nature and stains his character.
You can learn a lot about a person by what comes out of their mouth, for Jesus Himself said to the Pharisees, “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34)” Now no man can tame the tongue completely (James 3:8), for we all stumble in word sometimes, but what a person talks about most is what is stored up in their heart. If a person loves the world and the lusts of it, they will talk most about that, and will do it with enthusiasm. But if a person is converted and now loves Jesus Christ, filling themselves with His word, then out of their mouth will come life. It will be a joy to speak of the things of God.
So let us be filled richly with God’s word so we can be a well of life to others. Let your mouth be used to bring people to Jesus, to disperse truth on the earth and to declare the praises of the living God. Let your life be like a well, causing people to come to you, drawing truth and life from your lips. May they find strength as you speak of His promises, proclaiming hope in a lost and dying world. Just as water gives life to the body, let your words bring light and counsel to others, filling them with wisdom from heaven.