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Monday, 20 July 2015

Proverbs 26 ♥ Fools, Lazy people and talebearers ♥

Good evening girls! This week brings us to chapters 26 - 30 of Proverbs and then next week we will be spending five days in Proverbs 31, and then going into the Song of Solomon.

The book of Proverbs has been a lot to handle, don't you think, with so many warnings, instructions and teachings? I think this would be a book where you could just look at one verse per day, but that would take us forever!

Anyway, the main thrust of this chapter has to do with FOOLS, LAZY PEOPLE AND TALEBEARERS! I decided to do a wee search to see how many times what we say comes up in Proverbs and here's what I found -
  • In total in Proverbs alone, there are 153 references to the tongue, words, lips and talebearers (mostly warnings against using them wrongly)
  • 37 mentions of WORDS
  • 50 mentions of MOUTH
  • 42 mentions of LIPS
  • 19 mentions of the TONGUE
  • 5 mentions of a TALEBEARER
Surely this is something that should make us sit up and take notice of. Have you ever (I know I do this regularly) taken some time to just think about your tongue and the words you say? Have you thought about the effect they have on other people? Have you wondered if they are healing words or cutting words? Do you say to yourself, 'Well, that's just the way I am. I can't help it"? If we are saved people, then we need to do something about it - if we can't deal with it ourselves, we need to take it to the Lord and ask Him to help us make the changes. Having a sinful nature that doesn't glorify God is how we were born, all down to Adam and Eve. If we hurt people (and ourselves) by the words we use and how we say them, then THIS IS SIN and it must be dealt with by having it cleansed in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Surely God means for us to become aware of our sin, have it dealt with and then we can move onward and forward in our Christian walk. Thankfully we can rest in the sure knowledge that even though we fail the Lord on a daily basis with our words, He loves to forgive us when we come to Him for cleansing. Also, we should think about the fact that His words are pure and it is our duty as Christians to follow in His footsteps. Let's try this week to make a conscious effort to ensure our words are sweet and gentle - be Christlike!

You might like to check this out:

http://www.thebettermom.com/blog/2015/6/3/one-of-the-hardest-places-to-control-your-tongue-is-at-home

Esther was a queen who knew the power of when to speak and when to remain quiet

Hugs, Karen x

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