On any given day, you would be able to find an article pertaining to them.
- full lips
- thin lips
- pouty lips
- sexy lips
- red lips
- chapped lips
- shiny lips
- lip glosses
- lip colors
- lip hair….no! no! no! let’s not discuss that one!!!!
You get the point. As women, we can be obsessed with lips. This afternoon I read a verse & it really got me to thinking about something. Our lips truly matter to God. They really do. Just not in the superficial way that we ourselves regard our own lips.
“From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things.” (Proverbs 13: 2 NIV).
I read that & questioned: What am I enjoying today? I asked that because what I am enjoying today could be the fruit of my very own lips. Proverbs has much to say on this subject. I checked out just a few..
“He who guards his lips guards his own life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” (Proverbs 13:3 NIV).
“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.” (Proverbs 10:11 NIV).
“The lips of the righteous nourish many.” (Proverbs 10:21 NIV).
“The lips of the righteous know what is fitting.” (Proverbs 10:32 NIV).
I’ll stop there but many more verses address this subject.
The writer of Proverbs used the analogy of our mouths being “a fountain of life” meaning that what comes out of mouth should be refreshing to others, helping them to be sustained in life, encouraging. Our words should nourish others meaning that our words should supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth. We should know what is fitting meaning that our words are kind, gracious, precious to others.
Perhaps the writer of Proverbs summed it up with this:
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11 NIV).
We can ask ourselves several questions:
- what fruit of our lips are we eating today?
- what are our lips looking like today?
- do we speak what is fitting?
- are our words nourishing others?
- are we guarding our lips?
Yes, there is much focus on lips nowadays. May we be reminded as we look in the mirror of the beauty of lips that speak the right words.