Friday, 3 June 2011

Proverbs 15


You know, I really get the feeling the God knows people have a big problem with their mouths! (no really?).  I just have to think of all the trouble I get into with my mouth.  God's word is full of scriptures about what and how we say things and their consequences.  So, here we go.....

Vs 1:  A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
I get this wrong all the time.  When someone wrongly gets in my face I defend vigorously.  I should be calm, with a soft answer and it takes the wind out of the other person's anger.  Its to remember this BEFORE I open my mouth!


Vs 2:  The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the self-confident fool pours out folly.
When we say anything, ideally it should be something of value, up-lifting, building, positive.

Vs 4:  A gentle tongue (with its healing power) is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
This is so true.  There have been times in my life where someone has said something just right at the right time and just the right tone of voice, and its made an impact on me.  One of those 'aha' moments.  Like refreshing water running over your soul causing healing.  And then there have been those 'words' that do the opposite - break down, crush, hurt -  (Sadly, its often these  words we remember).

Vs 18:  A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger appeases contention.
Again with the words and their consequences.  I'm starting to feel like my best course of action is to never open my mouth again!  Or better still - think before I speak!


Vs 23:  A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment - how good it is!
Ever said the right thing at the right time?  It feels good doesn't it!  I could do with more moments like that.

Vs 28:  The mind of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
Well there you have it - STUDY HOW to answer.  We who talk before we think (I am one of those) would do well to absorb this verse.  I want to be known for pouring out words of encouragement, healing, joy, upliftment.  Rather than for pouring out words of evil, poison, lies, or hatred!


This has been a very 'wordy' chapter of Proverbs.  Lots to absorb.  My encouragement to you is to remember those life giving words spoken to you in season and ask God to give you opportunities to speak life into someone else's life.

God bless
Tracy

12 comments:

  1. My word. So much to think about. I knew the gentle answer turns away wrath, but need to investigate the v 18 "appeases contention" not 100% sure what that means (yet)

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  2. Hi Stefanie
    I think it means if you don't lose your cool you prevent things from blowing up. I know this to be true because I am quick-tempered thus much blow-ups have followed me. My goal - less temper - less explosions!
    God bless
    Tracy

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  3. Tracy, you are not alone. I'm feeling "whacked" again by a 2x4. These are things I should frame and post around the house to remember. My tongue has a huge problem-its used too much. Thanks for these words my friends and thank you for linking in today. :)

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  4. I get in trouble, too. Especially when it comes to my kids -- the anger part -- when things are going exactly how I planned them. But, I read something the other day on a blog that was doing a book study on One Thousand Gifts and she posed this question: Do I really think I can solve more problems with my anger than I can with love?" Struck me to the core, just as these verses do!

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  5. So important to keep these verses in our minds. When we aren't reminded, I know I at least, slip into speaking unbecoming words.

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  6. Good morning Tracy...Vs 4: a gentle tongue. Ooohhh how we all need one of those!! Thanks for another good post. Chelle

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  7. I am going to be looking out for those prancing shoes...might even need to get myself a pair.

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  8. MY PRAYER: “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” Ps. 39:1

    Just went on Bible Gateway and entered: tongue. Lots of great verses! May the Lord give wisdom and grace to apply them.

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  9. Great post and reminder, Tracy. I chuckle anytime I read the verse in Psalm 39 about the muzzle. Sure would look funny, but it sure would be nice. :)

    God bless you!

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  10. Thanks for this reminder Tracy. I have to watch my tongue as well. I can be pretty quick tempered and cut with my words. Because of God, I can say that I am getting better, but I've a long way to go yet. I have been thinking about this a lot lately with having a challenging, tiring week. I am so thankful for such a patient God and husband.

    Thank you for your sweet comments and wisdom on my post "down for the count". I needed the encouragement. So glad you stopped by and to be journeying together now. And I love your photo you use on your blog profile-I love the colors.

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  11. Hi Ima, Glad you came over to comment. I look forward to your next blog.
    God bless
    Tracy

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