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?
- Learn to be quiet.
- Proverbs teaches us that sometimes the wisest thing to do is to say absolutely nothing.
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.
28 “Even fools are thought wise if they keep their mouths shut…”
- Learn to give your words as a gift.
18 Speaking rashly is like a piercing sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
- Learn the language of God in the presence of God.
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.”
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.”
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…