Wednesday night I went to my friends house for summer Bible study. We were discussing Lysa Terkeurst’s book, The Best Yes. Our discussion centered around becoming wise women and women who make wise choices.
Then the leader said two words- two words I’ve never heard in Bible Study before. So I dug in my purse for my pen and jotted them down.
She said, we want to become “mentally sharp.”
I’ve really never thought about mental sharpness in a spiritual way or how wisdom plays into this acute awareness of the world, how it works, God’s way and righteousness.
But it does –
A wise woman is mentally sharp!
Rest, eating well, and being active all play into mental health. This is the world’s way.
But there’s more – as children of God we need God’s wisdom and the help of the Holy Spirit to live wisely. We need a sharpness that is acutely aware of what is right and wrong and how to walk on the path of holiness.
Proverbs chapter 10 compares the words of the wise man and the words of the fool.
After reading Proverbs 10, I sat and evaluated myself.
I considered a recent getaway with some of my dear bloggy friends.
Here’s what God reminded me from my time away with the girls concerning my words…
Twice I had to apologize to someone (the same person!) for something silly I had said. (Praise the Lord, both times she forgave me.)
Also, God brought to mind a conversation where I gave unnecessary details of another person’s life (gossip) and another conversation where my sarcasm was not ideal… Ugh!
It’s ugly right? It’s embarrassing and humbling for me to write but I’m acutely aware of my mouth going into overdrive and my shortcomings.
There were also times where I sat on the bed and shared tears with a friend and we encouraged one another. We spent most of our time breathing life into each other as a group – as we inspired and blessed each other with words of encouragement and wisdom. But it seems that even in the midst of good…sin is right there with me. (Romans 7:19)
So today’s blog post is incredibly personal to me as I long to be a wise woman who is mentally sharp, restrained and prudent with her tongue and life giving with her words.
Proverbs chapter ten lists 4 qualities of a Fool’s words.
1.) A fool babbles…or talks without thinking…and it causes ruin and destruction in her relationships.
Verse 8 –
“A babbling fool will come to ruin.”
2.) A fool uses a wink, (which may seem charming)… to conceal a hidden hatred. Conceal means to keep a secret or to not reveal. But in the end, that secret hatred behind the wink – stirs up strife and causes ruin.
Verse 10-12 –
“Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin…
the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Hatred stirs up strife.”
3.) A fool has a long list of ruined relationships in her life.
verse 14 –
“The mouth of the fool brings ruin.”
4.) The fool conceals their hatred with lies – perhaps even flattery toward the person they hate and then behind their back…they slander them.
The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
and whoever utters slander is a fool.
What do the words of the righteous look like?
Verse 19 – restraint
Verse 20 – choice silver
Verse 21 – they feed many
Verse 31 – they bring forth wisdom
Verse 32 – they know what is acceptable
Proverbs 10:11 says:
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.
Yes! This is what we want to be – a fountain of life!
Have any of the fool’s ways crept into your life?
You are not alone. I have already admitted that I am a fool at times too.
While being a woman of many words is helpful for writing blog posts – it can be very harmful without wisdom and restraint. Our minds need the daily renewing of God’s word to transform it and make it more like Christ’s.
May we become mentally sharp women. Women who are full of the Holy Spirit, discerning, wise with our words, showing restraint, and using our mouths as a fountain of life for God’s glory!
Walk with the King,
All of our struggles are different. In what ways do you struggle with your words?
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