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Wisdom and Our Words– message #3 in the series The Way of Wisdom
January 22, 2023

Wisdom and Our Words– message #3 in the series The Way of Wisdom

January 22, 2023

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, January 22, Proverbs 22
  • Monday, January 23, Proverbs 23
  • Tuesday, January 24, Proverbs 24
  • Wednesday, January 25, Proverbs 25
  • Thursday, January 26, Proverbs 26
  • Friday, January 27, Proverbs 27
  • Saturday, January 28, Proverbs 28

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If I am wise . . . 

  1. I will recognize the of my words.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits. (18:21, ESV)

21 Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. (18:21, MSG)

. . . the power to or me.

3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. (13:3, ESV)

14 Wise words bring many benefits,
and hard work brings rewards. (12:14, NLT)

. . . the power to or to .

18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (12:18, ESV)

18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (12:18, NIV)

18 Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal. (12:18, GNB)

  1. I will let my words be .

19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. (10:19, ESV)

27 A truly wise person uses few words;
a person with understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent;
with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
(17:27-28, NLT)

23 Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,
and you will stay out of trouble. (21:23, NLT)

  1. I will choose with care the of my words.

11 A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (25:11, ESV)

11 The right word at the right time
is like a custom-made piece of jewelry, (25:11, MSG)

23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;
it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! (15:23, NLT)

  1. I will choose with care the of my words.

My words should be . . . 

      A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (15:1, NIV) 

          Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit. (15:4, GNB)

     Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones. (25:15, NLT)

   Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (16:24, ESV)

A wise, mature person is known for his understanding.
The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.
(16:21, GNB)

When we are abrasive, we are never persuasive.

  1. I will not use my words . . .

(1) To my own .

2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips. (27:2, ESV)

(2) To to or about others.

22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
but those who act faithfully are his delight. (12:22, ESV)

(3) To others.

28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
and a flattering mouth works ruin. (26:28, ESV)

5 A flattering neighbor is up to no good;
he’s probably planning to take advantage of you. (29:5, MSG)

(4) To others.

4 Gentle words are a tree of life;
a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (15:4, NLT)

  1. I will use my words to offer . . .

(1) An occasional piece of constructive

23 In the end, people appreciate honest criticism
far more than flattery. (28:23, NLT)

(2) An abundance of

21 The words of the godly encourage many,
but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense. (10:21, NLT)

25 Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up. (12:25, NLT)

What Did Jesus Say about our Words?

“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
(Matthew 12:34b-37, ESV)

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