Proverb for the Day 16:21 — Wise Heart…Gracious Lips — What a Way to Live!

The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.

This proverb discusses two positive qualities — “wise hearts” and “gracious words (literally “lips)” — that we should all want in our lives. Results from being this way are also mentioned…and they’re good, too!
“The wise in heart are called discerning.” Also translated “understanding,” discernment represents the ability to see “how right choices lead to a meaningful life.” Wisdom and discernment/ understanding go hand-in-hand and are regularly mentioned together in Proverbs.

“Gracious words/lips promote instruction.” When we speak “pleasantly” or “sweetly” to others, it empowers our message to be better received by them. A wonderful truth, this concept should be a no-brainer for most of us.

Our verse references a pretty good way to live. We’ll feel good when we’re thinking and speaking this way. Others will be able to see it in us and hear it from us, too.

So the only thing left to say here is — where can someone sign up to be like this?!?!

While I’m certainly no expert(!), I’ll just say that the most practical formula I know is:

Living Honest, Open and Willing before God one day at a time

My imperfect(!) commitment to being this person has empowered my own spiritual walk and ministry. In fact, this phrase has become my definition of “Spirituality.”

If interested, come on in…the water’s fine!