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The Importance
of Speech
Speak as the Oracles
Too often, the importance of speech is underestimated.  Speech is hte
peculiar characteristic of humanity.  Communication takes place in the
lower animals in the transference of base emotions and needs; but, man
alone speaks of the thoughts, desires and dreams of the heart and
soul.  Man alone communicates ideas, concepts and morals.  Speech
isthe window to the mind, heart and soul.  Through speech we peer into
the contents of another's mind, the desires of their heart,and the
composition of their soul.

As Jesus said,
"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart
brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure
brings forth evil things." (Matthew 12:35)
 Thus, in a very real
sense, "Thy speech betrayeth thee."

The words of the wise, the well-chosen words, are unquestionably a
treasure.  Listen to the scriptures:

Proverbs 15:23 - A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and
a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Proverbs 25:11 - A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in
pictures of silver.  [see also Ecclesiastes 10:12; 12:11; Proverbs
10:12; 12:18; 15:4,26; 16:21,24; 18:4,20; 20:15]

On the other hand, the words of fools, those who speak with
"foot-in-mouth disease," are like the scraping of fingernails on a
chalkboard.  Again, listen to the scriptures:

Proverbs 10:19-21 - In the multitude of words there wants not
sin: but he who refrains his lips is wise.  The tongue of the just is
as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.  The lips of
the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 10:13,14 - The beginning of the words of his [a
fool's] mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is
mischievous madness.  [see also Job 8:2; 38:2; Proverbs 29:20;
21:9,19; 27:15]

The words of Abraham Lincoln are well worth remembering:  "It is better
to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."  
They are but a restatement of a truth expressed in Proverbs (13:3;
17:27,28; 29:11).

The words which are spoken in this life can either make our existence
more pleasant, or more painful; but, that is not true only for this life.  
Too often men assume it matters not what they say.

Jesus taught otherwise:
But I say to you, that every idle word that
men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of
judgment.  For by your words you shall be justified, and by your
words you shall be condemned. (Matthew 12:36,37)  
The words
spoken by a man can make the difference between heaven and hell.