Last week we saw the positive power of words from Proverbs. Lets take some time this week and look at some of the negative ways our words can be used. Remember Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue?” The beast that cannot be tamed, according to James 3, is caged behind our teeth. It would do us well to pay close attention to God’s Word concerning our words.
Words have the power to deceive:
We have all experienced this negative side of words. Words that have deceived us.
Proverbs 26:24 “People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you.” (NLT)
The person portrayed here is one with hatred in their heart who hides it deceitfully behind pleasant words and a plastic smile. Saying we love is often an excellent cover for hate.
Words have the power to entice:
Here is the power of the adulteress:
Proverbs 5:3-4 “For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
Proverbs 7:5, 21 “The adulteress with her smooth words.” “With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.” Words can entice!
Words have the power to entangle:
We can get ensnared by the words of others or our own.
Proverbs 6:2 “If you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your Mouth.”
Ecclesiastes says this in a different way: 5:2 “Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.”
Words have the power to DESTROY:
That is so true. Things can be said that are irreparable. See the strong statements of Proverbs:
Proverbs 11:9 “With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor.”
Friendships and marriages can be destroyed by words. Reputations and testimonies can
be sullied by the power of the tongue. Relationships can be severed by nothing more than words.
Proverbs 16:28 “A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.”
It is no wonder James described the tongue as a raging fire. Colossians 4:6 is a great reminder how we ought to conduct the ministry of our mouth.
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (ESV)
See you Sunday,