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Watch your mouth!

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What you say, and don't say is important!

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Much you can learn from someone’s mouth

The mouth can tell a lot about a person and some some spiritual truth behind the statement “Watch your mouth!”
The mouth physically can show a smile (insert a slide of smile)
The mouth physically can show a frown (insert slide of a frown)
It can make a silly or a serious face (insert slide of silly and serious face)
But today we want to look more about the mouth, what you do, or don’t do with it make can a difference be it good or bad.

I. It tells people who, what you are

Proverbs 18:2 NASB95
2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.
I’ll bet you have heard the saying (Slide) “it is better to have someone think you are a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
Don’t play the fool, for the fool only wants to hear himself talk rather then to learn anything.
Proverbs 12:23 NASB95
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
Sometimes it is better to keep your mouth shut, conceal what you know and not proclaim something you don’t know. - Don’t let your mouth proclaim you are a fool.
Proverbs 12:16 NASB95
16 A fool’s anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
Your mouth can display your anger, your hostility, your displeasure, but does it give glory to God? The prudent man conceals dishonor. It is better again here to keep your mouth shut for it does not do well for you or the kingdom when you let your mouth get the better of you. (insert illustration - recent issue with Kodak)
Proverbs 15:2 NASB95
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
Notice here the tongue of the wise, the one who does not spout out anger, hostility, displeasure makes knowledge acceptable. But the fool spouts folly. Chose your words that come out of your mouth wisely, again they can build up or they can tear down and prove you are a fool.
A good thing to do. - (Slide) Listen to a person and their speech and oftentimes you will learn what a person is.
If a person’s words are baseless or contradictory - they may just be a fool - Don’t let your mouth play you as the fool.

II. Your mouth can get you in trouble

Proverbs 18:6–7 NASB95
6 A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows. 7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
Your mouth can get you into trouble, trouble that is not your own or own making except by opening your mouth
Proverbs 26:17 NASB95
17 Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.
(Slide) Getting involved in someone else’s business; taking on someone else’s strife can just make the problem worse
Your mouth can get you into trouble when you speak too much
James 3:1 NASB95
1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.
Expand on this scripture
more opportunities to get into trouble
You are held accountable for what you do as you know but you know you are accountable for what you say, or don’t say too
Your mouth can create strife
Proverbs 20:3 NASB95
3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
So don’t be the fool, be careful what you say and do with your mouth, avoid strife.
(Slide) Strife (n) - angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict, discord, friction, dissension, argument
Strife, speaking of strife, gossip causes strife and divides or ruins people and friendships

III. Your mouth can make enemies

Proverbs 18:8 NASB95
8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
The words may sound good and you may receive them, but know they go down deeper than just your ears.
Proverbs 16:28 NASB95
28 A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
(Slide) Have you ever had anyone slander you, or spread something untrue or vicious about you? Has it ever cost you a friend?
Proverbs 10:18 NASB95
18 He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.
Don’t be a fool, don’t gossip!
Paul addresses it as a major problem in the Roman church
Romans 1:28–30 NASB95
28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
Romans 1:31–32 NASB95
31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
Gossip in the church can destroy the church (the body of believers), not only that according to Rom1:28 God will give them over, so gossip can be a salvation issue!
Sure it may seem good, even worded like a prayer request for someone, but it can cut deep and have lasting effects, and oftentimes will come back to bite you or haunt you.

IV. Don’t let your mouth speak to quickly

Proverbs 18:13 NASB95
13 He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
(Slide) Be slow to speak; be quick to listen
(Slide) Get the whole story
(Slide) Then you can offer wise advice (if you have it)
(Slide) You can have opinion, take a side
Give others the same benefit you want them to give you, to listen, to collect all the facts, and then “don’t let the verdict go beyond the evidence” according to Charles Wood commentator on O.T.
(insert Tabby illustration with Brad)
V. Your Mouth has mighty power!
Proverbs 18:21 NASB95
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
(Slide) I know we have looked at this verse just last week but I want to add to it some more.
(Slide) Your mouth, your speech can do great good or great harm
(Slide) There is great responsibility with what you do with your mouth and your words
(Slide) It can bring blessings or curses
Galatians 6:7–8 NASB95
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Be careful, you will reap what you sow, even what you sow with your mouth.
In conclusion.
(Slide) Don’t talk to much
(Slide) Don’t take up offence of others
Your mouth can get you into trouble that is not your own
(Slide) Don’t gossip
Make your words counts, use them to build up, encourage, edify one another. With words comes faith, with faith comes salvation, with salvation comes eternal life. Your words can have eternal benefits or consequences. - lead to invitation!
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