Beyond the Weekend

August 19 | Thoughtful Words

August 19, 2019


The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil. Proverbs 15:28 (NIV)

Read: Proverbs 15:28 (NIV)

Listen: Proverbs 15


The book of Proverbs is a wealth of wisdom. To get the most from Proverbs, it is essential to understand what proverbs are and how we use them. Often short with only one or two lines, these concise statements pack massive amounts of wisdom about human behavior. These couplets describe the way life usually works and are to be thought about and mulled over.

This week we’ll look at a few proverbs about thoughtful words as we’re challenged to think before we speak. It sounds simple, but practicing this in our lives is anything but simple. We live in a culture that tends to talk-talk-talk. In Proverb 15:28, we see the value of weighing our answers to think before we talk.

Our words matter—whether we are a retail manager, police officer, co-worker, parent or student. They can be our most significant avenue for either positive or negative impact. We can’t become people who impact others without looking at our words. This week we will try to think well about words by asking ourselves three questions: Is it marked by humility? Is it marked by honesty? Is it marked by kindness?


Memorize Proverbs 15:28 to help you remember to think about how you use our words. Maybe you write it down on a card or type it in your mobile to review throughout the day. Perhaps you spend a few minutes meditating on it right now. Whatever works for you, commit it to memory today.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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