Monday, September 24th, 2012
Lip Stick (Part 3, Conclusion: A Kiss)
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)
The truthful lip shall be established forever.
Proverbs 12:19 (NKJV)
He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
Proverbs 24:26 (NKJV)
Right words are a sweet kiss. They bless both the giver and the receiver. In exceeding abundance, the glow of their blessing spreads. 'A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver' (Proverbs 25:11). They're stunning. Most importantly, they please God.
'Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones' (Proverbs 16:24). Kind and honest words uplift. They heal. When they are heard by non-believers, their goodness compels love-starved hearts to seek more--even to their Source.
How do we bridle our mouths? The Apostle James said, 'If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man' (James 3:2). But only One is perfect. As Jesus graciously perfects us, we pray for God's help: 'Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips' (Psalm 141:3).
Even more: 'Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue' (Psalm 120:2)--'Especially my own' (my prayerful addition).
Until we grow up in God, we are wise to close our lips more often than most of us do: 'He who restrains his lips is wise' (Proverbs 10:19); 'When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive' (Proverbs 17:28). Or as many parents put it, 'If you don't have something good to say, don't say anything at all.'
It's all about lip stick. Our words come from our hearts, shoot from our lips, and stick to everyone they touch--including us. So, let's pull out the good stuff: the kind God likes us to wear. Beautiful lip stick spreads a kiss all the way to Heaven.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lip Stick series.