â€Proverbsâ€¬ â€27:15 – Drop, Drop, DROP
â€œA continual dripping on a day of violent showers and a contentious woman are alike;â€ â€Proverbsâ€¬ â€27:15â€¬ â€AMPCâ€¬â€¬
I’m currently involved in a Bible Study entitled â€œWalking in Wisdomâ€ which is a study of Proverbs. I’ve read this powerful verse before, but after really studying it last week, I can’t get it out of my mind.
I imagine a leaky roofÂ and a bucket that sits in the corner of the room collecting rain drops. The soundâ€¦.drop, drop, drop. The rain doesnâ€™t stop nor does the incessant plop of raindrops falling into the bucket. As much as water is life-giving, it can also be a source of much irritation, trouble, or even death.
And what about a contentious woman? The dictionary defines contentious as â€œlikely to cause people to argue or disagree,â€ but I see it as much more than that. I picture her words like the rain dropping in the bucket—nag, nag, nag. And although the storm ends, it takes a long amount of time for the dripping to end.
Iâ€™m not sure we understand the power of our words, and how what we say affects those around us. Not just women, but men too, need to consider the damage that can be done from constant criticism, nagging, or willingness to argue. Even in times of disagreement, the Bible teaches us â€œThis you know, my beloved brethren But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;â€ (James 1:19).
Are the words we are speaking to our spouses and children life-affirming, or are they a constant barrage of negativity? If you are being convicted of this, today choose differently. When you are about to nag, stop and instead choose words of praise. Look for ways to build others up around instead of tearing them down.
Picture that annoying sound of constantly dripping rain. Are your words like the water in the bucket, or the water that sustains life?