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The Mouth Unlike money, words come in an unlimited supply; we never run out of words Proverbs reminds us of the potential of words for both good and evilProverbs reminds us of the potential of words for both good and evil Pro.18:21
The method A quick glance at every occurrence of the word “mouth” in Proverbs offers too many passages to use –Solomon seems as obsessed w. mouth as he was w. money We can’t stop with “mouth” – –tongue –lips –words
I Many Ways To Misuse Mouth 1. Hypocritical (godless, ESV ), 11:9 –By slander and insinuation, he cuts into pieces... –A penitent thief can return the money –A murderer cannot restore the life –Neither can one who damages another person’s reputation w. malicious gossip
The slanderer “The murderer only takes the life of the parent and leaves his character as a goodly heritage to his chil- dren, while the slanderer takes away his goodly reputation and leaves him a living monument to his children’s disgrace” – Andrew Jackson
2. Wide open, 13:3 “When you are talking, you ain’t learning” To sin more, simply talk more Be sparing with: –Promises –Assertions –Disclosures
3. Fool, 14:7 – A worthless experience 26:7, a lame man’s legs… 26:9, a thorn…
4. Not enough by themselves True in two ways: –14:23, all talk Mere talk will not put food on the table, save the lost, or edify the saved action wordsThe language of action is more eloquent than the language of words –29:19, w/o discipline…
5. Harsh, 15:1 –29:20, 22 As children we learned a lie Children suffer for decades from unjust parental fault- finding, hurtful nicknames, sarcasm, unjust criticism…. 6. Talebearer, 18:8 –National Enquirer
7. Deceit, 20:17 –Aftertaste 8. Abusive speech, 21:19 –In an English country churchyard: Beneath this stone A lump of clay Lies Arabella Young Who, on the twenty-fourth of May, Began to hold her tongue
9. Hate, 26:24-26 –Disguises himself… “I don’t want you to think I’m gossiping, but…” 10. Self-praise, 27:2; 30:32 11. Flattery, 28:23 – A rebuke is better in – A rebuke is better in the long run
II Many Good Ways To Use The Mouth 1. Restrained, 10:19 –Exaggerations, lies, slander... cannot occur when the mouth stays closed –15:28; 18:13, 17 Two sides to most issues –17:28 If you want to decrease sin and increase your stature...
2. Delivers, 12:6b –S incerity is the best defense against slander –Live so that no one will believe a false charge
3. Wise, 12:18 –Some people delight in speaking words that would the soul like a sword cuts the body –The tongue of the wise promotes health 4. Fruit, 13:2 –Words pass; their fruit remains
5. Guarded, 13:3 –Don’t give ammo to the enemy –21:23 Wisdom lets us know when to speak, when to keep silent “I have often regretted my speech, never my silence” (Publius)
6. Answer, 15:1 –16:21, 24. 1 Sm.14:27 –25:15b, break bone?? The quiet persistence of dripping water can wear away a rock
7. Well-timed, 15:23 –Verbal skill Timing is important –25:11. Col.4:6 –27:14
8. Knowledge, 20:15 –Lips of knowledge = precious jewel –A better gift is knowledge of God The world is poor because her treasure is buried in the sky and all her treasure maps are of the earth
9. Kind, 31:26 –Instead of opening her mouth in gossip and slander, she speaks words of kindness –She would want embarrassing information about herself kept quiet...
Application 1. We reap what we say (sow) 1. We reap what we say (sow) Ja.1:26 –When we speak wisely, we bless ourselves and others –When we speak foolishly or maliciously, we harm ourselves and others
2. We carry a deadly weapon 2. We carry a deadly weapon, Ja.3 3. We tend to hurt those we should love the most 3. We tend to hurt those we should love the most, Ja.4:11 –Some tear down others to make themselves look good –Parents even do it w. children –Some spread rumors and share confidential information to appear important; people will listen to them
4. We can eliminate gossip by obeying the gospel a.Confront it directly, Mt.18:15-17 b.Refuse to listen, Pro.20:19 c.Learn to love, Pro.10:12
A Test 1.When is the last time you gossiped? 2.When is the last time you encouraged someone? 3.Where do you expect to spend eternity?