Proverbs 10 Using Words Wisely

Proverbs 10

Words matter. There’s no way around it. We have all come to know that “words will never hurt me” is complete and utter nonsense. Words wound and leave soul deep scars.

We must be more careful in our speech. There’s a reason that Scripture addresses speech so. many. times. We must be a people who know when to speak up and when to remain silent.

👉 The mouth of the righteous:

• is a fountain of life (v 11) – are people lifted up and made better by my words?

• is filled with wisdom (v 13)

• contains knowledge (v 14)

• chooses words carefully (v 19)

• contains words of value (v 20)

• benefits many (v 21)

• brings forth wisdom (v 31)

• knows what is acceptable (v 32)

👉 The mouth of the wicked:

• conceals violence (v 11)

• lacks sense (v 13)

• brings about ruin (v 14)

• has many words (v 19)

• uses words of little worth (v 20)

• brings death (v 21)

• will be cut off (v 31)

• knows what is perverse (v 32)

Lord, help us to use our words wisely. May we be a source of life and wisdom to those around us.

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Proverbs 9 Six Questions to Ask Yourself Regarding Wisdom

Proverbs 9

What stood out to me yesterday was how to recognize wisdom in other people. That’s important.

But, today, I was struck more by how to recognize wisdom in myself. How can I know when I’m being wise and when I’m being foolish?

WISDOM

• Am I hardworking (v 1)?
• Am I productive (v 2)?
• Am I hospitable (v 3-4)?
• Am I generous (v 5)?
• Am I insightful and do I share insight with others (v 6)?
• Am I life giving to others (v 11)?

FOOLISHNESS

• Am I always the loudest voice in the room (v 13)?
• Am I ignorant and content to be so (v 13)?
• Am I lazy (v 14)?
• Do I only offer others what costs me nothing personally (v 17)?
• Am I life draining to be around (v 18)?

Mercy, y’all, this has me thinking this morning.

Happy Thursday! You are so very loved!

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Proverbs 8 How to Recognize Wisdom

Proverbs 8

We read in Proverbs 7 that sin is everywhere.

We read in Proverbs 1 that wisdom is also everywhere.

So, this begs the question – how can we know which is which? With folly and wisdom both crying out – how do we recognize wisdom?

WISDOM

• speaks noble things (v 6)
• what is right comes from its lips (v 6)
• it will utter truth (v 7)
• all of its words are righteous (8 )
• there is nothing crooked or twisted in its speech (v 8 )
• gives counsel and sound advice (v 14)
• shows insight and strength (v 14)
• encourages and promotes justice (v 15-16, 20)
• proves valuable (v 18-19)
• gives life (v 35)

We recognize wisdom in someone by how they speak. Their words will give them away.

Now, we all make mistakes and say things we wish we could take back. We don’t look for perfection in people but patterns. Are we likely to hear them speak truth? Of noble things? Life giving words? Valuable advice?

This is who we want to be and be around.

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Proverbs 7 Choose Wisely

Proverbs 7

Sin, y’all. It’s out there.

• it’s waiting for us to make a wrong turn (v 10)
• it’s everywhere (v 11-12)
• it’s aggressive and bold (v 13)
• it seeks us out (v 15)
• it promises delight (v 18)
• it promises secrecy (v 19)
• it’s persuasive (v 21)
• it’s so very costly (v 23)

I’ll admit – it’s a little disheartening. I mean – sin is in the street. It’s in the market. It’s on every corner. How on earth are we to avoid it?! I’m so glad you asked.

Guess what else is in the street? In the market? On every street corner? Read Proverbs 1:20-21.

Wisdom! All those places sin is waiting – wisdom is also there. When sin is crying out (v 11) – wisdom also cries out (Prov 1:20).

We have a choice.

Notice that all of the descriptions of sin come AFTER the young man (lacking sense) chose to be at the wrong place at the wrong time (v 8-9).

👉 For further thought on this, you can go to 2 Samuel 11 and see what happened when King David chose to stay home at the time all of the kings were supposed to go out to battle.

Contrary to catchy cliches – the devil doesn’t make us do it. We have choices. Choose wisely, friends.

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You are loved.

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