Saturday, February 1, 2014

Proverbs 4:24 - Lesson: Be Wise With Your Mouth

Proverbs 4:24
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

Be Wise With Your Mouth

 Hooty the owl has been working at the Who's Who Wiseshop for many years and He's had a lot of people come through to buy this and that.  He has heard people talking about other people and he has heard people cursing and using God's name in vain.   It really makes him feel very sad because these things are not wise to do.  We all should know that what we say with our mouths matters, because it matters to God.  As a matter of a fact, God has told us in His word that we will be held accountable for every word we say and we will be held accountable for every word we do not say as well.
Through Solomon - God tells us in Proverbs 4: 24  - Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 

God does not want us hurting other people with our words by talking about others in a way that will harm them.  He does not want us using his name in a way that is unnecessary especially with curse words.  One of the ten commandments teaches us not to use the Lords name in vain.  He doesn't want us talking proudly or arrogantly in a way that exalts ourselves above God or others. In  Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  What we say or don't say matters because it could cause harm to another person and we displease the Lord in either way of disobedience. 

Though our memory verse just speaks of what we should put far from us, we know we need to replace words of perverseness and pride with words that are honest and courteous.  We should be thoughtful of others needs and to think before we talk.  God wants our mouth filled with praise and thankfulness towards Him and to also show thankfulness to others.  He does not want us walking about life complaining and grumbling. 

Now we know that Hooty is just a pretend owl but there are people that hear the words you say wherever you go.  I'm sure there is someone out there like hooty who has heard things like people cursing or saying things that are harmful to others.  I know we all say things we are sorry for in life, but that's all the reason to keep our hearts right with the Lord and recalling what the bible says and listening to its instruction.

Now we know, that the Lord cares about what we say... There is one particular story in God's word that comes to my mind that speaks of something that was not said.  In the story of the lepers only one came back to thank the Lord out of nine that were healed.  God wants us to thank him and He wants us to thank others.  While I was thinking about this lesson.  I thought of some people who were very kind to us during the Christmas season who gave us an unexpected gift.  We have forgotten to thank them.  We are all human and sometimes we have things going on that we forget to do the right things.  It is never too late to say thank-you for the thoughtfulness of others. 

God wants us to be honest and truthful people.  Now I know that sometimes we say things by mistake that may not be true..we are human and sometimes our memory fails us.  God wants us to be a person who is wise in what we share and what we don't share.  When a child is small you don't always tell them everything because they are too young to handle everything.  In this case it would be wise not to say everything.    

God does not want us to be purposely telling lies.  He does not want us telling lies about other people or ourselves.  God will not bless a person who practices lying.  God blesses those that follow after the things of wisdom.

What we say or don't say effects other people and our relationship to God.  If you have been using your mouth in a way that displeases the Lord and continue to do so with no repentance then God will deal with you if you are truly his child.  God wants each of us to confess the sins of our lips to Him and choose with his help to lead a life of honesty and purity in what we say and what we live. 

I conclude this morning's lesson with this verse :

Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Dear Father, Help each one here today to confess the sin of our lips and help us be a person who is wise in how we use our mouth.  help us to be thoughtful and thankful in our speech.

Cause us to be conscious in our choice of words we use each day.   Help each one of us to understand that you will bless a person who blesses you with their lips but you will not bless a person who is continually using his lips for evil.   In Christ's name.  Amen

Susan Nikitenko
February 1st, 2014

Proverbs  4:20-27

20 son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

List Of Lessons From These Verses:

Be Wise With Your Ears -
Be Wise With Your Heart (Mind And Heart)
Be Wise With Your Mouth-
Be Wise With Your Eyes-
Be Wise Where You Go -

Be Wise In Your Habits -

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Follow Here For Lesson: Be Wise With Your Ears

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