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Our speech should be uplifting

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When the infidel Robert G. Ingersoll was delivering his lectures against Christ and the Bible, his oratorical ability usually assured him of a large crowd. One night after an inflammatory speech in which he severely attacked man’s faith in the Savior, he dramatically took out his … More

Speech

Again we are reminded of the theme of this entire book of Proverbs which is found in chapter 1, verse 7. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” A wise son will listen to his parents who have already been down the road of experience. The scorner refuses to listen and has to learn for himself by bitter  experience the things he might have been saved from, had he been humble enough to accept counsel (v. 1).

The speech of a good man is uplifting and others are benefitted by it (vv. 2-3). By speaking positively and helping others this person is also blessed. Being careful as to what we say will help to keep us out of trouble. Speaking hastily and thoughtlessly only brings on trouble.

A lazy person is always filled with the desire for food and the good things of life but his desires are not satisfied because he is not willing to work (vv. 4-5). On the other hand the diligent see their desires fulfilled because they faithfully work to accomplish their desired goals.

Application

These verses are the kind of teaching a father needs to give to his children. It is important that I have  a discussion soon on the life principles outlined in these verses? What I say and what I do are very important in life.

Proverbs 13:1-5 (English Standard Version)

A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.

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