Weekend Bible Study

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016

The Cure for Toxic Talk

Study Passage: Proverbs 10:11-14, 18-21, 31-32

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.
On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
The wise lay up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.

The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
and whoever utters slander is a fool.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for lack of sense.

The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

  1. Make a list contrasting wise and foolish speech.
  2. Reflect on your speech patterns from the last week. Which list from the first question is most reflective of the words you used?
  3. Brainstorm some ways that you can train yourself to speak with patterns of wisdom and encouragement.

Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to help you watch your speech; thank him for people in your life who encourage you and ask him to help you do the same for others.

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