IF YOU WANT TO LIVE IN WISDOMVILLE, YOU MUST HAVE GODLY SPEECH
MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 12:18
“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”
We have all heard the expression from the Miranda rights, which are read to people who have been arrested: “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” That is true not just when we are arrested, but all of the time – and our accountability is not to an earthly enforcement officer, but to God Himself. Everything you say is being scrutinized by God. “Every idle word you speak”, Jesus said, you will give account for it in the Day of Judgment.
THE KIND OF WORDS WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE ACCORDING TO…
- Proverbs 12:25 _____________________________________________
- Proverbs 16:24 _____________________________________________
- Proverbs 25:11 _____________________________________________
THE KIND OF WORDS WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE ACCORDING TO…
- Proverbs 15:1 _______________________________________________
- Proverbs 18:8 _______________________________________________
- Proverbs 29:20 ______________________________________________
SOME OF OUR MOST COMMON
SINS ARE THOSE RELATED TO OUR WORDS
- Gossiping about people
- Flattering other people (someone said that gossiping is saying behind someone’s back what you wouldn’t say to their face; flattery is saying to someone’s face what you wouldn’t say behind their back) both are condemned in scripture!
- Telling off-color jokes
- Cursing, Swearing
- Yelling in anger
- Harming others with your words, in a
- variety of ways. Your words can either “heal” or “crush.” Too many of us as husbands, fathers, wives, mothers, business owners or supervisors, have “crushed” other people with our words. We need to consider before we speak: will this heal, or will it crush?
- Leaving false impressions about ourselves or others with our words
- Becoming entangled in unnecessary, divisive arguments with other people
- Thoughtlessly saying foolish things, or more than needs to be said
- And we could go on and on
FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW
(Proverbs 18:21) “_______________ and ___________________ are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
THE UNCONTROLLED MOUTH
- A LYING MOUTH (Proverbs 12:22) “_______________ lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal _____________are his delight.” – ALWAYS BE TRUTHFUL
- A GOSSIPING MOUTH (Proverbs 18:8 and 26:22) “The _______________ of a talebearer are as ________________, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” – NEVER GOSSIP
- A CURSING, OR PROFANE MOUTH (Proverbs 4:24) “Put away from thee a _________ mouth, and __________________ lips put far from thee.” – DO NOT USE PROFANITY
HOW TO MASTER YOUR MOUTH
- ALWAYS BE CANDID (Proverbs 24:26) “Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a ___________________________ answer.” – SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE
- ALWAYS BE CONFIDENTIAL (Proverbs 26:22) “The words of a __________________ are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” – KEEP CONFIDENCES
- ALWAYS BE CONSTRUCTIVE (Proverbs 16:24) “____________________ words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” – BUILD UP OTHERS
- ALWAYS BE CONSTRAINED (Proverbs 18:13) “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is ______________ and ______________ unto him.” – LISTEN WELL, MEASURE YOUR ANSWER
Here’s a good formula for being responsible for our words!
T–Is it true?
H–Is it helpful?
I–Is it inspiring?
N–Is it necessary?
K–Is it kind?
PRAY PSALM 19:14 AS A PRAYER
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
When you’re not feeling well, the doctor will often say, “Stick out your tongue.” Your tongue reveals what’s going on inside of you—not just physically but also spiritually.