Under Construction-Taming the Tongue

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Under Construction-Taming the Tongue

Under Construction-Taming the tongue

We have looked at a couple of the biggest battle fields going on in our lives:

  • Guarding our mind
  • Guarding our heart         

Proverbs 18:21

“the tongue has the power of life or death

Under-Construction-Taming the TongueEphesians 4:29

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen

  • Our words are to build up others
  • According to their needs
  • That others may benefit

Instead of hurting people with our words:

  • Our words are to be nicer than others give to us
  • Our words are to encourage and build others up

Matthew 12:33-36

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every idle word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

1.We don’t have a tongue problem. We have a heart problem

Jesus’ point is clear:

  • A tree is recognized by their fruit
  • A person can be identified by what they say

2. We will be held accountable for hurtful words

Matthew 12:36-37

36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every foolish word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

In God’s Kingdom PEOPLE ARE IMPORTANT!

  • For by your words you will be acquitted
  • For by your words you will be condemned

That is our purpose:

  • Build others up
  • Speak kindness
  • Speak encouragement,
  • Speak life

Here is a guideline to help us to build up others:

  • Refrain from attack words

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Here is a guideline to help us to build up others

  • Refrain from attack words
  • Refrain from gossip

 

  • Proverbs 16:28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends
  • Proverbs 20:19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.
  • Proverbs 26:20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

Here is a guideline to help us to build up others:

  • Refrain from attack words
  • Refrain from gossip
  • Use edifying words

Ephesians 4:29

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Under-Construction-Taming the Tongue

It takes intentionality to build others up!

 

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Testimonies

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Pastor Paul and Jeannie Schneider shared their testimonies today.

Enjoy  🙂

 

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Under Construction – Guarding Our Hearts

 

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Under Construction – Guarding Our Hearts
            

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”                                                        Proverbs 4:23

Who is Solomon writing to?

  • Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
    pay attention and gain understanding (1)
  • Listen, my son, accept what I say,
    and the years of your life will be many. (10)
  • My son, pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words. (20)

He uses the phrase “listen my son” 19 times just in these first 10 chapters

Solomon is being a dad passing down wise instruction to his kids:

  • Take hold of wisdom
  • Listen to instruction
  • Stay off the path of evil
  • Pay attention to my teachings
  • Do not despise discipline
  • Avoid unrighteous sexual activity

He says something that is unique – ABOVE ALL ELSE

Why should we guard our hearts?

  • Your hearts are valuable
  • It is your source of joy
  • It is under constant attack

ONLY POWER OVER YOU THE DEVIL HAS:

  • Get you to think wrong
  • Get you to feel wrong

What are we to guard our hearts against?

  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Divided devotion
  • Wrong feelings that drive us in the wrong directions

Matthew 22:36-37

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength”

 

Solomon tells us to guard our heart because… IT IS THE WELL SPRING OF LIFE

 

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