The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
We’ve talked quite a bit about how we ought to posture our hearts when we are corrected or rebuked, but how do we go about correcting others?
According to the author of Proverbs, to be wise is to speak knowledge and life. A friend of mine recently shared an image that had a quote said, “If I’m wrong, educate me. Don’t belittle me.” Being a student at Brown inevitably puts you in a place of privilege of getting an Ivy League education and being surrounded by intelligent peers, professors, etc. The conversations you have here may not be ones you are able to have with your parents and other family members. It’s tempting to deem some of the things they say as ignorant and stupid, but in the same way we aim to be humble when we are corrected, we also ought to be humble when we correct others. Our words should commend knowledge and produce life.
Lord, thank You for blessing us with the opportunities we have today. Help us to see and realize that all good things come from You and let that humble us. Help us to come into every conversation willing to learn something from the other person. Let our words bring life and knowledge, not pain and offense. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!