A Tongue Smooth Like Butter

. . . isn’t always a desirable thing. Consider Psalm 55:

His speech was smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were drawn swords.

I read this to my class today and asked, “Is there a way we can use our words like butter but hide violence within them?” One student answered, “Yes, like with sarcasm.”

Ouch. How many times have I used sarcasm to hide swords?

On a broader level, how many pastors in our day revel in using their tongues to speak smooth words, while those very words – because they ignore the Bible – make war with God? Are we more concerned with speaking sweetly or with speaking the truth?

To be sure, “speaking the truth in love” is a deeply biblical idea, but at the end of the day is it our understanding of man-centered love or God’s understanding of God-centered truth that wins out in our speech?


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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