Your Words Matter II

Friday, July 15, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 07/14/2022 8:00am

6 The words of a fool start fights;

    do him a favor and gag him.

7 Fools are undone by their big mouths;

    their souls are crushed by their words.

8 Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy;

    do you really want junk like that in your belly?

9 Slack habits and sloppy work

    are as bad as vandalism.

10 God’s name is a place of protection—

    good people can run there and be safe.

-Proverbs 18:6-10 The Message

6 A fool’s lips walk into a fight,

    and his mouth invites a beating.

7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin,

    and his lips are a snare to his soul.

8 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;

    they go down into the inner parts of the body.

9 Whoever is slack in his work

    is a brother to him who destroys.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;

    the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

-Proverbs 18:6-10 ESV

Verse 8 study: Who turns down gossip when it is good? It’s hard to do; it’s like trying to turn down your favorite food or dessert. Eating just one turns into one more, then more. Same with gossip. You can’t resist rumors the same way a dieter fights candy. Don’t open the box. If you go for gossip the first time, you can’t shake the second and third time, following one by one. It is a part of our sinful nature to have an appetite for gossip. Gossip is relished by the gossiper himself. He feeds on words that aren’t good.

Verse 9 study: Laziness destroys time and opportunity. The time wasted could have turned into something successful if you were active.

Verse 10 study: The Lord protects by strength and height. Safe implied here is “lifted out of reach.”

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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