Learning to Speak Wisely
If you shrug off an insult and refuse to take offense, you demonstrate discretion indeed. But the fool has a short fuse and will immediately let you know when he’s offended.
Truthfulness marks the righteous, but the habitual liar can never be trusted.
Reckless words are like the thrusts of a sword, cutting remarks meant to stab and to hurt. But the words of the wise soothe and heal.
Truthful words will stand the test of time, but one day every lie will be seen for what it is.
Deception fills the hearts of those who plot harm, but those who plan for peace are filled with joy.
Calamity is not allowed to overwhelm the righteous, but there’s nothing but trouble waiting for the wicked.
Live in the truth and keep your promises, and the Lord will keep delighting in you, but he detests a liar.
Those who possess wisdom don’t feel the need to impress others with what they know, but foolish ones make sure their ignorance is on display.
If you want to reign in life, don’t sit on your hands. Instead work hard at doing what’s right, for the slacker will end up working to make someone else succeed.
Anxious fear brings depression, but a life-giving word of encouragement can do wonders to restore joy to the heart.
Lovers of God give good advice to their friends, but the counsel of the wicked will lead them astray.
A passive person won’t even complete a project, but a passionate person makes good use of his time, wealth, and energy.
Abundant life is discovered by walking in righteousness, but holding on to your anger leads to death.