Lesson 96

Proverbs 10:32 says:

The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

The last of Proverbs 10 is obsessed with the lips and the mouth. Aren’t there more important things to be worried about? Surely lips and mouths should come behind other issues that need to be addressed. No way!

James points out in chapter 3 of his letter how a small spark can start a raging fire. That fire can destroy lives, homes, and thousands of miles before it can be stopped. The mouth is that little spark. It might not seem like much, but it can be powerful enough to destroy. So, yes. This is very important.

The lips of the righteous are directed by God. Words that come forth are uplifting when needed, rebuking when needed, and solely from God. The mouth of the wicked spews forth venom and hate. Quite a difference, eh?

Too often, we think we are so righteous and therefore do not pay too much attention to what our mouths do. When that happens, which is very often, our mouths become wicked. We do not seem so righteous after that.

A righteous person whose mouth does not reflect that righteousness shames themselves and God. Every time you gossip, you become perverse. Every time you hinder someone’s growth with your pushy attitude, you become perverse. When you judge someone who made a mistake in their walk, you become perverse. When you refuse to forgive someone and speak ill toward them, you become perverse. It is sad how often we are perverse.

We need to be finding more favor with God instead of finding ourselves standing on the perverse side of life.