Sunday 2 August 2015
- Wisdom that Works = Proverbs
- Pastor Arnie Hall
- Week 1 of 5
5 Broad Topics over the next 5 weeks:
- Managing your resources
- Wisdom brings blessing
Verses in Proverbs on Communication
- Contention & Strife
- Correction & Reproof
- Deception & flattery
- Relaying News
- Excellent speech
- Fitly spoken or pleasant
- Foolish speech
- Speaking impulsively
- Gossip & Slander
- Lying & perjury
- Bearing false witness
- Power of the tongue
- “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”
- The Holy Spirit is that soft voice telling you to not tell that particular joke at this particular time. You have the power to listen to that, or to ignore it.
- “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
- You can stop an argument from escalating, by modulating your tone.
- “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
- We all have someone in our lives who sets us on edge, but we need to overcome, not combat.
- “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”
- Tis better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt – not in the Bible but an apt summary of this verse.
- “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
- The scope of the power of the tongue is literally life and death.
- “Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and main.”
- Kiwis are the kings of sarcasm. But are our words kind or cutting?
- “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”
- Say sorry (without justifications).
- “The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.”
- Haters are gonna hate, so don’t be one.
- “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.”
- Think before you speak, but don’t take forever doing it.
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
- When the wife says, “Honey, we need to talk” don’t automatically go into defence mode but actually listen and participate.
- “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him:
- Haughty eyes,
- lying tongue, and
- hands that shed innocent blood,
- a heart that devises wicked plans,
- feet that make haste to run to evil,
- a false witness who breaths out lies and
- one who sows discord among brothers.”
- 3 out of 7 are to do with the tongue.