This month we are studying the book of Proverbs. God’s wisdom helps us swim and overcome in life, instead of sinking in our present circumstance!

Proverbs 18: 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.Pastor Duane shared six different types of words Proverbs teaches us.  Take a little inventory of your words this week. How would you measure up in these categories?

1. Careless

There is LIFE or DEATH in our mouth!

Proverbs–15:28, 13:3, 29:20

2. Critical 
Proverbs–11:12, 19:13, 25:24, Also look at Numbers 12:1-2 for an example of critical speech

“A critical tongue magnifies, exalts & exploits the bad or weak, and ignores or refuses to see the good.”

3. Cancerous

Cancerous: any evil condition or thing that spreads destructively
Note: Many times proverbs calls these words PERVERSE (this is FROWARDin the KJ) words. (It means crooked, turned away from or rejecting what is right, good and proper; wicked or corrupt.) 

a) Lying – Proverbs 25:28, 26:18-19, 12:22, 6:16-19, 19:5, 10:18
b) Flattering – Proverbs 26:23&28, 29:5, 28:23, 6:23-24, 7:21 (What’s the difference in flattery and exhortation? The motive! Flattery is manipulative and self-serving; exhortation is to build up and serve another.
c) Gossip – Proverbs 16:27-28, 17:9, 1:9, 26:20-22, 18:8, 20:19
How do we STOP gossip from spreading like wild fire? 
TEST: Would I say this if the person were here? 
·       Matthew 18: 15 — GO to that personand work it out. 
“Gossip is the Devil’s radio.” – George Harrison
4. Controlled

Proverbs–10:19, 21:23, 25:28, 17:27-28; Read James 3 about controlling the tongue

5. Constructive
Proverbs–14:1, 11:11, 10:11,20-21, 25:11, Hebrews 11:3
God framed the world with HIS words…He calls us to do the same!

6. Curing
Proverbs–15:4, 12:18, 16:24, 12:25, 10:11, 15:1, 27:9
Our words can bring HEALING!

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Lead Pastor at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

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