Text: Proverbs 10:13, 18, 19, 20, 21
Good counsel (vs 13)
- well of good counsel
- Understanding is to depart from evil in Job 28:28
- So someone who kept clean, stayed right with the Lord, never soiled themselves with what is in the world can be perceived as naive.
- Sometimes we see experience in sin as necessary to educate
- Wisdom is found in someone who has understanding. Someone whose faith has been exercised and can encourage someone else.
Destruction is a fool’s language (vs 18)
- destroy people’s lives with words
- Sticks and stones rhyme not true
- flattering and misdirecting to hide their heart
- then there are those who just talk about other people all the time
Godly restraint (vs 19)
- talk a lot – told a fellow 90% of what you say is a lie
- Learn to Listen
- You will never say anything worth saying until you learn to listen. Seek to understand, not be understood. If what you’re about to say can be summed up with the phrase, “And that’s why I’m right and you’re wrong!” then grow up. Quit being the “nanny nanny boo boo” spouse. W.A.I.T – Why Am I Talking?
- Fools lead with their mouth. Fools speak before they think. A fool speaks before he hears a matter, Proverbs 18:13.
- Note the value of silence.
- Thoughts clear up. Reduce noise. Proverbs 4:1, 5:1
- Words have more weight. Proverbs 17:27
- WAIT – Why Am I Talking?
Valuable words (vs 20)
- Value as precious
- Value as peace
- so there is a way to do this, a way to do that, a way to handle this, a way handle that, but the common thread between them all if they are wise is that they are peace. You can probably think of some situations in your life or situations you’ve seen happen that could’ve ended a different way. But wisdom was not exercised and the conflict and contempt was a direct result of wisdom NOT being used.
- James 3:17-18 wisdom from above is first peaceful
Provision made through communication (vs 21)
- foolishness of preaching
- James 3:3-4 bits in horses’ mouths… and we turn about the whole body
- Point your mouth in the right direction
- Your mouth has much to do with where you are and why. Mouth is your direction.
- Proverbs 15:1. Notice how encouraging words can help. Or feisty words can ruin the spirit.
- Proverbs 18:6-7
- Nothing happens until someone says something. And God said… The most complete form of communication is words. Damnation begins with words. “Yea hath God said.” Righteousness begins with words. “And he believed in the Lord; and he counted to him for righteousness.” The media uses words to control thought away from the Bible.
- The direction for your mouth is found in Ephesians 4:29 – Edification to the hearer is the goal.