Bowie Apostolic Church
Proverbs Day 10
Posted on January 13th, 2013

Think Twice. Speak Once.

Prov 10:19 When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise. (NASU)

Prov 23:9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
In many contexts, our words matter. However, the question is whether or not they matter in ways that we want to. As it turns out, our idle words are not so idle after all.

First and foremost, our words matter in how we are perceived by others. Our words affect our reputation. Our words affect the level of respect among our peers, our superiors and the people that we may lead. This is both in respect to negative and positive effects.

What we really should strive for is that our words reflect discipline, God's values and instruction. This will take some effort on our part.  Partly in allowing God to develop us and also in stopping and considering what comes out of our mouths. Restraining your lips is not just wisdom, but it shows discipline. It shows that you care about your words and the benefit of a cautious tongue.

Part of speaking wisely, however, is considering your audience. Many times your words may be taken out of context. In the case of Proverbs 23:9, there are people that will even defile the wisest of words. In many ways, this is not worth your time. You should never at any time feel that you can share everything that is on your mind around any and everybody. This is a mistake for you and your loved ones.

Finally, Paul has some words to share regarding what we should be saying and for what purpose. And remember:

                 God's Word matters. We are His children. Our words should matter for Him.

"Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them..... Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God..... But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. (Ephesians 4:29; 5:4; Colossians 3:8)"

Posted in Bible 2013, Proverbs    Tagged with foul words, words matter


Sis. Mae - July 10th, 2013 at 1:03 PM
So your fountain has been flowing with filth, foul, foul, cursing and bitterness, lying and deceit, slander and tattling, gossip and gore...(James 3:8-12; Rom 3:13-14; Ps. 120:2-4; Ps. 50:16-20; I Tim 5:13); AND NOW YOU'RE GONNA SHUT UP? Oh; no, no, no. Don't be a mute. Don't stop there. Don't leave a vacumn... Demolition is a necessary first step. Destroy; build up...(Jer. 1:10). Repent and root out; then turn your tongue into a powerful tool to bless, edify, bind, loose, answer, grace, and bring life (Ps. 103:1-2; Eph. 4:29-32; Mat. 18:18; 16:19; Col 4:6, I Pet 3:15; Prov 18:21).

I love this phrase (Job 40:4-5; Prov. 30:32): I WILL LAY MY HAND UPON MY MOUTH.

COMPLETE: Prov. 10:__; Hatred stirreth up strifes:...
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