Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil Are like a piece of pomegranate. (Song of Songs 4:3)
In the last few lessons, we have looked at the first three virtues of the maturing Bride of Christ. Today we examine the fourth represented by the complement of the Bride's lips.
Scarlet is a reddish hue obtained from a dye derived from a certain worm. It is mentioned
The most significant mention of scarlet is its use in the
The most significant mention of the scarlet thread in the Bible is in Joshua 2. Rahab after concealing the spies during their mission to Jericho, was
The scarlet thread, therefore, is a symbol of grace, redemption, and mercy. Its color
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
In Colossians 4:6 (TPT), he said:
Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity. For then you will be prepared to give a respectful answer to anyone who asks about your faith.
The Message Translation of this verse says:
Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.
And in Ephesians 5:4, he said:
Guard your speech. Forsake obscenities and worthless insults; these are nonsensical words that bring disgrace and are unnecessary. Instead, let worship fill your heart and spill out in your words.
When Isaiah met the Lord in Isaiah 6, the angel of the Lord
James in James 1:26 (TPT) says:
If someone believes they have a relationship with God but fails to guard his words then his heart is drifting away and his religion is shallow and empty.
Speech is one of the most
Pastor Bill Johnson once said:
Many people speak to vent instead of speaking to redeem.
Times of emotional highs and times when we are hurt, are when we should exercise the most caution
PRAY WITH ME:
Dear Lord, I ask that you purify my lips and fill my mouth with graceful words. I make a decision today to never speak degrading and condemning words to men created in the image of God just like me. I speak graceful and edifying words at all times. Help me dear Holy Spirit to stand by this decision. Amen.
REFLECT & ACT:
- Evaluate your words. Do you always speak graceful and edifying words (especially in times of emotional highs)?
- Throughout today, meditate on and confess James 1:19 (Amplified Version):
Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];