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SAY WHAT, FOOL? – Aug. 5th

August 5, 2011

BIBLE READING PLAN:    Proverbs 15-18

MEDITATION VERSES:   

 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.   The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.   The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Proverbs 15:1-4

“The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”  Proverbs 16:24-24

 “ Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. “ Proverbs 17:27

 “ A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.  A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. “ Proverbs  18:6-7

 

THOUGHTS:

  • The definition of a fool is a person who says exactly what’s on their mind? 
  • Not everything that is on our mind is good and beneficial to others.  The second greatest commandment is for us to love others as we love ourselves. 
  • We should restrain our words, soften our answers, be judicious in our speech, and seek to persuade because we love others as ourselves.  Our words should be controlled so that we don’t hurt anyone; so that we don’t break someone’s spirit. That is something that we should care about.
  • Every person’s words have an impact on others.  We should care about what that impact is.
  • A lot of words are an indication that there is not a lot of thought that is occurring regarding the impact of those words.  Most of us can formulate a response very quickly.  For me, it takes time to think through the correct words to use so that they are soft, gentle, and restrained.  Speaking quickly does not lend itself to refining our speech.
  • Just consider how we don’t grasp the power of our own tongues.  We don’t go into a room and wave a loaded gun around.  Yet, our tongues are loaded and can crush, tear down, and pour out folly.  We need to practice tongue safety just like we practice gun safety.
  • The pathetic reality is that we practice the least amount of tongue safety with the ones that we love the most.  The result is that they suffer the most from the careless handling of our words. How foolish is that?
  • Why do we struggle with keeping our mouths shut?  Pride…selfishness…envy…(I don’t think that I would like to go on).

PRAYER:    Lord, Forgive me for the careless ways that I have used my tongue.  Make me wise – teach me to care about how my ways affect others.  Remove the pride, selfishness, envy and all the other vile desires that are the source of the sharpness of my tongue.  Make my words soft and gentle; building other up and encouraging them; may they become a tree of life to others.  Amen

The above is my Bible Reading Plan.  I am providing it in hopes that it will encourage you to start one of your own.

One comment

  1. “Practice tongue safety like we practice gun safety” – I’ll remember that one.



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