“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”
“A fool despises his father’s instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent.”
“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.”
“The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool does not do so.”
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but He loves him who follows righteousness.” (Proverbs 15:1-9)
Time and time again in just these few verses God tells us through Solomon, that we should not use our words unwisely as they hurt others. Righteousness or right standing with God is a better road to travel than the way of rebellion and wickedness. What is considered wicked? A wicked heart is black and full of evil thoughts and these thoughts end up coming out of their mouth. A black heart is hard and cold and rigid. It is angry, unyielding and stiff-necked. A black heart loves to harm others and that is really the definition of “evil.” Evil is the intent to harm someone else.
A righteous heart is alive and full of life because God’s face is shining on it. A righteous heart has the Words of God implanted in it and because of this, a righteous person speaks it out and it give life to those around them. God will bless a person like this in every way, even materially. The house of the righteous has “much treasure.” God’s kingdom is always growing and expanding, so when a person comes to His kingdom and righteousness infuses their heart, they will naturally begin to grow and expand in every area!
Examine your heart today. Is it angry or grateful? Is it bitter or full of Agape love? Is the cup half full or half empty? Is it black or full of light? If your heart is not full of light today, bring it to Jesus and let Him fill it with the Kingdom of God, because the Kingdom of God is in our hearts.