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and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for lack of sense.
Summary: All of us need to learn how to speak both as children and as Christians. I am not speaking about grammar, vocabulary, or syntax but in terms of wisdom in speech. To what degree are people helped or hurt by what you say? Consider the last week, how careful have you been in conversation? In the past month, how many times have you thought, "I wish I had not said that," or "I wish I could take that back?" As I mentioned last week, the proverbs are designed to show us how to live lives worthy of imitation. Proverbs speaks more about speech than any other topic. This Sunday we will consider how to grow in wisdom in our speech.
Review and Apply
In what ways have you seen words be destructive in your life (either words you have used or words said to or about you)?
How are you most likely to fall into sin with your words? Do you "vent" in order to express hatred about a person or situation? Do you "tell it like it is" when you feel impatient and uncharitable?
What does your speech communicate about your heart? Does it convey grace that reflects the redemptive nature of the gospel?
Is there a person in your life who you think uses words in a Christlike and encouraging way? What about their speech stands out to you?
What would it look like to grow in being wise with your words at home, at work, at school, with your friends, with your spouse, with your children, with extended family, etc?