Wisdom from Proverbs to keep you from actin'a fool.
REDEEM YOUR SPEECH:
“...now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”
Colossians 3:8-10 (NLT2)
IT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO TAME THE TONGUE:
“Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”
James 3:2-10 (NLT2)
THE WORDS WE SAY REVEAL THE CONDITION OF OUR HEARTS:
“You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
Matthew 12:34-37 (NIV)
QUESTIONS: What kind of words are leaking out of your mouth these days?!
Just what do those words reveal about you and the true condition of your heart?
WORDS ARE POWERFUL:
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
WORDS CAN REALLY HURT:
“Reckless words pierce like a sword...”
WORDS CAN DESTROY FRIENDSHIPS:
“With their words, the godless destroy their friends...”
Proverbs 11:9a (NLT2)
WORDS CAN ALSO REFRESH AND GIVE LIFE!
“The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain...”
Proverbs 10:11 (NLT2)
BE AN ENCOURAGER:
“...an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
Proverbs 12:25 (NLT2)
QUESTION: Do you have an encourager?
HARDER QUESTION: Are you and encourager for anybody else?
ENCOURAGING WORDS CAN BE SO SWEET:
“Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
Proverbs 16:24 (NLT2)
FALSE DIRECTIONS CAN GET YOU LOST AND HURT:
“If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
Matthew 15:14 (NIV)
PAY ATTENTION TO THE DIRECTIONS:
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.”
Proverbs 3:1-2 (NIV)
TRUST GOD'S G.P.S.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
DON'T THINK YOU KNOW A BETTER WAY:
“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.”
Proverbs 3:7-8 (NLT2)
YOUR WAY MAY LEAD TO DEATH:
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
BOLDLY SPEAK HIS TRUTH:
“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 10:32 (NLT2)
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF:
“I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.”
Romans 1:16 (NLT2)
YOU REALLY ARE TRYING TO HELP:
“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”
Proverbs 27:6 (NLT2)
SPEAK THE TRUTH...SPEAK IT IN LOVE:
“...the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.... Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way....”
1 Peter 3:10-11, 13-16a (NLT2)
SPEAK YOUR TRUTH & TELL YOUR STORY:
“...there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!”
Luke 21:12-15 (NLT2)
QUESTIONS: Are you willing to use your words to tell your story/your truth?
Are you willing to use His Words to tell His story/His truth?