Proverbs 4:20-27 “My child, pay attention to my words; listen attentively to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight, guard them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and healing to one’s entire body. Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life. Remove perverse speech from your mouth; keep devious talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look directly in front of you and let your gaze look straight before you. Make the path for your feet level, so that all your ways may be established. Do not turn to the right or to the left; turn yourself away from evil.”

In the midst of another reminder of the importance of wisdom and the blessings that come from it, we have a very important lesson for life. We need to be careful what we put inside our hearts and our minds. Jesus taught that “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matthew 15:19). Talk about the “sources of life” coming from your heart! And it seems particularly appropriate to talk about speech after that, because, as Jesus said, the evil and foolishness that we put inside will eventually make it’s way out through our mouths and our actions. If we are truly going to get rid of perverse speech and devious talk in our lives, we need to watch, read, think, and talk about good things. We need to let our eyes look straight ahead. We need to keep our feet on the straight and narrow path. We need to turn away from evil.

1 Peter 3:10-12 “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Note: I can’t believe I just had to go back and change a bunch of my dates to 2023!

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