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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Anatomy Of The Wise: The Tongue (Part 1): Proverbs 15:1-4

1) A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3) The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4) A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.

In this chapter of Proverbs, Solomon will be sharing with us spiritual truths that are illustrated through the use of our physical body parts…

EXPOSITION:

In the text for this morning, we find Solomon uses of the tongue to illustrate some of the principles that are exhibited in Godly communications…

1) A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
1.  a kind, tender, non-threatening answer will cause mean, angry attitudes to retreat.
2.  words that cause hurt, sorrow and harm will work up flaring nostrils and strong, hateful attitudes.

When our communications are done with a helpful, kind, loving, humble spirit correction and advice is more easily taken by others.  When our ”words of help” are delivered with a condescending, unloving, prideful attitude how can we expect them to be received and accepted by others?

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”   (Galatians 6:1-3)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”   (Philippians 2:5-8)

2) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
1.  The speech of those who are wise will use knowledge of God’s Word in a proper, beautiful, beneficial way.  It will be pleasing to God and man alike.
2.  The mouth of those who are foolish will gush out harmful, ungodly, useless speech.

Do we want our communications to be valuable to others and pleasing to God?  We must share Godly knowledge that is properly understood and applied to the situation we are addressing.

The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is] weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”  (Isaiah 50:4)

3) The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
When we are at a loss for human wisdom and knowledge, keep in mind that our Lord always has the perfect advice that others need.  He can see every situation, He shows us in His Word how to recognize evil, warn others of it and lead them to correct the error of their ways.  Likewise, He knows when a person is laboring faithfully, and will supply to us the words that will encourage and strengthen them.

When we realize that the Lord knows any situation perfectly, we can trust in Him to supply the appropriate message in His Word for those that are in need of help.  May we lay aside the reasonings of our sinful flesh and share with others the words of our all-knowing God.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?(Romans 11:33-34)

“Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, [is] his name,  Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes [are] open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:”   (Jeremiah 32:18-19)

4) A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
1.  A message that heals and strengthens others in their time of need. From this healing speech springs forth life… it preserves and enhances physical life on earth, while promoting spiritual and eternal life with God.
2.  A message that contains perversions of the truth of God causes a divided, weakened, harmed spirit within a man.  These false teachings will only hurt an individual bringing upon them both temporal and eternal harm.

We have a simple choice as we speak to others…. supply to them life and strength by sharing the knowledge of God with them or cause them harm by handing to them the false teachings of man.

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”   (1 Timothy 6:3-5)

Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.   If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed:  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.   (2 John 1:8-11)

SUMMARY:

In the first part of this study on our speech,  we have seen 4 basic principles of wise communications…
1. When our communications are done with a helpful, kind, loving, humble spirit correction and advice is more easily taken by others.
2.  Do we want our communications to be valuable to others and pleasing to God?  We must share Godly knowledge that is properly understood and applied to the situation we are addressing.
3.  When we realize that the Lord knows any situation perfectly, we can trust in Him to supply the appropriate message in His Word for those that are in need of help.
4.  We have a simple choice as we speak to others…. supply to them life and strength by sharing the knowledge of God with them or cause them harm by handing to them the false teachings of man.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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8 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    a very good post this morning, thank u Rob

  2. Debbie says:

    Thank you for helping us communicate better, thinking about how it pleases God and helps others. God bless you!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      To Debbie and to all that are progressing through Proverbs with me…

      I really appreciate your desire to learn more from His Word. It is a blessing and encouragement as I continue through this series. (Believe it or not, I do struggle with this series).

      The farther we get into Proverbs the more basic principles are being repeated over and over again. When the Lord shows me a different aspect to a basic teaching I try to share it, but many times I find myself repeating principles over and over again. Over time, I have come to realize that these things are being repeated for a reason… they are very important for us to know and remember… one of the best ways to get us to remember these things is by saying them over and over again.

      Anyhow I want to say thanks to you, Debbie, and all the others who are continuing to progress through Proverbs with me. May the Lord bless you all richly today.

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this reminder from the Scriptures about our speech. Verse 1 definitely spoke to me as I go about ministry with those who might be in sin. Don’t want to be the stumbling block myself, and hinder what God might be doing. This week I’ve been thinking a lot about how we have to submit to Christ our views of others lest our mouths will eventually give us away for any frustration we have with people.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      “This week I’ve been thinking a lot about how we have to submit to Christ our views of others lest our mouths will eventually give us away for any frustration we have with people.” Boy, Brother Jim… you said a mouthful. So true. Over the years I have faced the very same struggle. It seems like whenever I would get “turned” by someone, eventually it came out in what I would say. I thank the Lord for gradually working in my heart and giving me a bit more patience towards others…. although I still have a long way to go. I guess the truths that has helped me the most in this area is:

      1. Always remembering that I can never know for sure what the other person is going through. Only the Lord can know all the circumstances behind why they were doing or saying something offensive to me. (Many times their offense was done in ignorance being motivated by something else totally unrelated.)

      2. If they are giving us a problem due to a stand for truth we are taking then their issue isn’t with us but with the Lord and His Word. Again, I try to remind my self to stand back and simply let the Lord deal with the situation and the condition of their heart.

      Yeh, brother, I know easier said than done! I still struggle in these areas and probably will until the Lord takes me home to be with Him.

      Lord bless you Brother Jim. Thanks for your faithfulness to all He has called you to do.

  4. Our words – and the attitude in which they are spoken – are of utmost importance and can be very far reaching (for better or worse) in the lives of the people we speak to. Therefore, we need to take heed of these lessons and ask the Lord to set a seal on our lips and to guard our mouths. We need to be totally reliant on Holy Spirit to give us HIS words.

    Thank you Rob for your very helpful words here – words which we need to consider over and over again.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      How needful it is and how difficult, at times, it is to hold our tongues! I am just thankful for His grace to enable us… just as you say it is a matter of looking to Him and ask Him to intervene in our speech.

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