Psalm 52: Before You Speak

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Words are weighty, saturated with potential for help or harm.

All that we say can cut like a knife, pummel like a wrecking ball, or mend that which is broken in the life of another.

Funny thing about words, their power is embedded in the heart from which they were formed. Intent truly is enormous when it comes to what proceeds from our mouths (or keyboards). So, WHY we say what we say matters as much or more than what we actually say. And make no mistake, words have equally as much potential for help or harm for the speaker as they have for those who hear them.

Before you speak, consider this …

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18:21, ESV)

“Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 29:20, ESV)

“On the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” (Matthew 12:36, ESV)

Before you speak, ask yourself, “Is it true? Is it loving? Is it timely? Does it build up or tear down?” You, and everyone in the sound of your voice (your text, your post, your tweet), will be glad you did.


  1. OK, Monty–this is the second time today I’ve been confronted with God’s word and the tongue and it’s only 7:30 AM. I GET it! 🙂

    Thank you for the timely word and for this blog site. I am truly broken, yet hopeful.

    • Thank you for posting this today. It is what I needed to hear. Really grateful for God’s grace when I forget.

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