Glancing at the map of our country to check on current temperatures, it looked like someone had dumped an entire bottle of hot sauce on top of it! Fluid red was flowing in virtually every state. It’s a cool 103 degrees in our neck of the woods today. The heat coupled with recent national developments adds a heightened challenge to speak with grace on our lips.
Solomon, the last king of unified Israel before it was split into the northern and southern kingdoms, was gifted with immeasurable Godly wisdom, influence, and earthly kingdom connections.
If you could take a wild guess, how many people do you think he spoke with during his lifetime? Perhaps that is why he included this verse when penning his sage wisdom,
“He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.” [Proverbs 22:11]
Before King Solomon speaks of grace on his lips much less extending his friendship, he dishes up the all-important requirement of he who loves purity of heart.
Why do you think he stated it in this manner?
The Hebrew word for grace in Proverbs 22:11 is hen (pronounced khane).
Strong’s H2580 translates the meaning of hen as grace, favour, gracious, pleasant, precious, wellfavoured, charm, elegance, and acceptance.
Sapa (pronounced saw-faw) is the Hebrew word for lips.
According to Strong’s H8193, the meanings for sapa are lip, language, speech, shore, bank, brink, brim, side, edge, border, binding, and bank (of a cup, sea, river, etc.)
This paints an interesting word picture of sorts in that just as our physical lips have borders, it’s as if the speech emitting therefrom should have boundaries as well.
A Polluted Heart vs. Purity of Heart
“The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.” [Proverbs 25:23]
This verse is quite a contrast to King Solomon’s Proverbs 22:11 Scripture.
Grace is not on the lips of the person with a backbiting tongue and an angry countenance. The backbiting is flowing from a polluted heart, not purity of heart.
Thankfully, when we fully surrender our lives to God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit, they collectively help us to purify our lives, including our speech, so that grace can be on our lips.
We are all a work in progress, so we extend grace and speak encouragement even to ourselves when needed. Perhaps this is one way in which we can practice this exhortation.
A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit.
As He delivered the Sermon on the Mount to His disciples, Jesus used the analogy of knowing a tree by its fruit.
“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:43-45)
In a parallel book of the gospels when also teaching about a tree is known by its fruit, Jesus issued this warning in Matthew 12:37, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The fruit born from the tree is likened unto the words which end up on our lips. Grace on our lips is good fruit coming from a good tree.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
During the time that the Apostle Paul instructed the church at Colosse, he reminded them to put off the carnality of the old man. “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” [Colossians 3:8]
Revisiting 4 Keys To Open 4 Doors.
4 Keys To Open 4 Doors
Taking some time to read and study a prophetic vision I received on September 28, 2021, might be a helpful and instructive exercise to accompany the Grace On Our Lips message.
Here’s the weblink: https://sheilaeismann.com/spiritual-gold/
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living:
#1.When someone has spoken to you favorably or given you a gracious answer, how did it make you feel?
Conversely, when he or she addressed you in the opposite manner, what was your reaction or impression?
How have you felt when there was not grace on your lips?
#2. Are our hearts bathed in God’s grace so that it flows up and out of our mouths onto our lips?
#3. How do we reflect the kingdom of God when we have grace on our lips?
#4. Here are some powerful verses to help us if we might be struggling in the area of speaking gracefully.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” [James 1:19]
“A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” [Proverbs 15:1]
“Therefore by Him [Jesus] let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit our lips, giving thanks to His name.” [Hebrews 13:15]
Every time we thank and praise Jesus, we are growing fruit!
Jesus is always ready, willing, and able to help us if we will just ask Him to do so.
#5. Reading through and studying the Hebrew meanings for the words grace and lips, were there any that spoke to you or nudged your spirit? If so, I would encourage you to make a note of these.
Also, did you glean anything new or instructive from The 4 Keys To Open 4 Doors?
The last line of Proverbs 22:11 reads,
“He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.”
Even if you don’t know an earthly king of one of the world’s countries, King Jesus will always be your friend if you’ve accepted Him as your personal Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10). As we walk with and serve Him, He will help to purify our hearts and to speak graciously.
Until the next message,
SFE (Sheila, Fellow Encourager)
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, & Author, publishes her blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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