Good Sense And Gracious Words

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Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 16:22-25

Good sense (or as some have called it, Common sense) is rather rare. It comes by learning from others or the school of hard knocks, but when you have it, it becomes a fountain of life. Fools simply cannot learn while they hold to their foolishness. Solomon observed this and went on to say that the heart of a wise man will lead to judicious speech- we will choose our words well and as a result persuade others. When you add grace into the mix, what we say is sweet and easy to receive. Interestingly, the great contrast to learning and good sense and gracious words is the selfish act of thinking you know it all. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is death.

Am I trying to go my own way or am I learning from others?

God as this day begins, I pray you will lead and guide me. What an opportunity to baptize two young people and see them follow Jesus’ example and command. May it be very special. I am asking You again to be very real and close to my mom and to give her an appetite and strength. Help me be a person known for good sense and gracious words.

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