If you want to know what someone is really like, just listen to their words. It will tell you everything about what is in their heart.
Today we’re going to open Proverbs and take a look at the Foolish woman – particularly at her mouth – what she says.
The video below shares only a few ways a woman shows her foolishness in her speech. Listen and then I’ll share a couple other ways we hear foolishness in what she says.
So, we learned that a woman is foolish by the way she destroys others with her words. She uses flattery as one means to do that. Flattery is a use of sweet words in order to get what she wants. It’s far from giving a compliment. She has an agenda to accomplish and flattery is her tool.
She is also loud and stubborn. She won’t listen to others. She is always right. She’s unbending, unyielding to others’ ideas or opinions. Her unwillingness to submit comes from this stubborn will and it’s comes out her mouth.
Other ways Scripture tells us a woman can speak foolishly:
Prov. 10:18 – He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
Psalm 53:1 – He said in his heart, there is no God. – Even if we say we believe in God, many times our speech and behavior betray that trust in Him.
I ended the video with the illustration of my sister and I trying to fool someone about our identity. We looked alike as identical twins, but do you know who we could never fool? Our father. He knew us very well. As a believer, our Heavenly Father knows us. He knows what’s in our heart when we use words that are destructive. He knows why when we’re posting something on Facebook, hoping “so-and-so” will see it because we have a point to get across. He knows when we use words that wound and cut. We may trick others, but even if we “look” like we’re sweet as the honey mentioned in Proverbs, we’ll never fool our Father.
Let’s repent of empty flattery and loud, contentious spirits. Instead, our words can be words that build up and bless others.
Every wise woman buildeth her house:
but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. Proverbs 14:1
This is what the wise woman does. Next week we’re going to pull her picture out and look at the kind of speech she uses.
If you have any characteristics of the foolish woman, ask God to forgive you and then make you sensitive enough to use wise words.