How Do I Use Words Well? Part 2

July 4 / Daniel Grothe

How do I…Use My Words?
Daniel Grothe | July 4, 2021

Proverbs 18:21—"Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”

Genesis 1—…and God SAID…

  • From the first page of scripture, we see that words create worlds.
  • Ex…a parent talking trash about their kids, in front of their kids…
  • Ex…pick someone in the congregation to praise

So, how do we ensure that our speech is life-giving and not death-dealing?

  1. Learn to be quiet.
  • Proverbs teaches us that sometimes the wisest thing to do is to say absolutely nothing.

Proverbs 10:19
19 “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”

  • Our societal foolishness is found in our belief that we should say everything we think.

Proverbs 17:28
28 “Even fools are thought wise if they keep their mouths shut…”

  1. Learn to give your words as a gift.

Proverbs 12:18
18 Speaking rashly is like a piercing sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

  1. Learn the language of God in the presence of God.

Isaiah 6:1-5
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Isaiah 6:6-7
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah 6:8-9
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’

  • Time in the presence of God…being reshaped by the words of God… prepares us to go speak the words of God to the world

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