Friday, February 11, 2011

Fools Blurt Out Folly

Communication is key. Good communication skills are necessary to be successful in live. I couldn't explain my struggles to my youth pastor if I couldn't articulate my problems well. I couldn't blog if I didn't know how to put thoughts on paper. I couldn't enjoy conversations with people of all ages if I didn't know how to simply talk and listen. I couldn't get a job if I didn't know how to promulgate myself in a positive manner.

In the book of Proverbs, there are dozens of verses about good, and bad, communication. Here's some of my favorites:

With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.

Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.

An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.

It's pretty obvious that good communication skills are imperitive. Here's what I learned from Proverbs: Always tell the truth, don't say bad words, be kind and uplifting, and hold my tongue when necessary.


Sophie said...

Luke 6:35 says "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
That's always a challenge to me thinking that when foolishness comes out of my mouth, that is a heart indicator:)
Abraham Lincoln said, "Better say nothing and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!" I find that humorous and true!
Proverbs 15:2 says "The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly."! I get that feeling sometimes!

Ashley said...

Great post. These are good verses too!

I really like the template change you made, btw.

Stephanie said...

I love this post! And all the verses! :)) Very encouraging.