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The Proverbial Journey 10

March 10, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 10

You know when you are at the doctor and He goes through a list of questions to see your condition?  When I went through the 10 question checklist to find out if I took on too much stress, I scored a great 10 out 10.  Needless to say, when I found out that I was massively stressed out, I had to make some changes in my lifestyle.

Chapter 10 here is a comparison, a check list if you will, between a wise child and foolish one.  There are some great principles here.  Read through the chapter and see how you measure up and what changes you might need to make.

Here are some great highlights I wanted to pull out:

Vs. 9 – “the man of integrity walks securely,
but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.”

When you don’t have anything to hide, it brings great peace you life.  You know how it is when things are undone, unfinished, and hanging over your head.  It drives you nuts!  If we will just walk out God’s commands, keep our word, be good stewards, and so forth, we will be able to live at peace.  The scriptures tell us that the steps of the righteous are ordered by God.  However, when folks take the “crooked paths”, the easy way out, manipulating the circumstances, and such it always catches up and bites!

Vs. 10-13

10 He who winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirs up dissension,
but love covers over all wrongs.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

Vs. 18-21

18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips,
and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

19 When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of judgment.

The Bible has a ton to say about what we do with the huge hole in the front of our faces.  James is very clear about how wicked our tongues can be.  It is the mouth that reveals what’s in the heart.  “The chattering fool”, talking too much about nonsense all of the time really will get you nowhere.  We need to be careful with our conversations, what we say, how we say it, and how much we say.  So much of our language and tone miscommunicates the very heart of the One we believe in.  When we are right with God, our mouths will be a place that communicates life and hope.  When we complain and talk negatively (making observations without Christ’s perspective and not speaking the truth in love) the enemy uses our speech to cause dissension and strife among the body.

Let me just say here that Freedom of Speech is a great gift in this country.  However, that doesn’t mean you should feel free to say anything you want whenever you want.  You should submit your heart and mouth to God and allow Him to guide your tongue.  Remember as Christians we really don’t have any rights, we were purchased with a price and belong to God.  Use your words to bring healing and life!

What are your thoughts?  What are some things we can all do to better guard our mouths?


From → Proverbs

  1. helen permalink

    There is great wisdom here today also! Vs 18 really hit me! If I conceal hatred I have lying lips! I try to always stay positive – but I have to always remember to take my true feelings to God. I try to work things out myself, I need to let God have them in the beginning! These verses remind me to speak positively on the outside, but take my hurts and negative feelings to God.

  2. I have been really concerned as of late with the all of the social networking buzz where people, especially Christians, feel the need or the right to just throw up about anything they wish. We’ve got to remember that God expects us to be be wise, loving, and Biblical about what we say.

  3. Jeffery peck permalink

    I think that often when it comes to our speach we are quick to make sure we arn’t swearing, but we never look at our words to see if they are cutting things down and hurting people… We overlook the small things or the not so small things

  4. Great thought Jeffery and I totally agree. Swear words cultural, meaning that some words in our country aren’t swear words in others. I think the issue is more about cursing than cussing. Don’t get me wrong, I believe we need to watch our use of the word that are culturally “bad”, cuss words if you will. However, cursing is a whole bigger issue. We put a “curse” on someone when we call them stupid or tell them they’ll never measure up. A curse are those things we say that cut people and wound them and often they feed people a false identity. In other words, a child that has been told they are worthless most of their life eventually come to believe that they are worthless.

    Thanks Jeff. Good stuff.

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