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- So far, we’ve contrasted wisdom and foolishness.
- Wise people are defined as being discrete and judicious in the use or applications of knowledge.
- Fools are defined as being mentally inept; dull in understanding or stupid. (yikes).
- In addition to the typical “foolish”, there are different types of foolish people. In our past two podcasts, we talked about the simple and the scornful foolish person.
- This time, let’s look into the mouth of the foolish person.
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall (Proverbs 10:8).
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. (Proverbs 14:3). In fact, that same pride brings destruction (See Proverbs 16:18).
A fool’s lips enter into contention and his mouth calls for strokes. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul (Proverbs 18:6-7).
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise (Proverbs 10:19).
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards (Proverbs 29:11).
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright, but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness (Proverbs 15:2).
The heart of his that has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness (Proverbs 15:14).
BCU Family, I’ve always loved the Proverbs—such wonderful and practical life advice which is applicable to anyone. I have to tell you this is the first time I have done a focused study on the “black and white” of wisdom and foolishness. We’re either walking on the side of wisdom, which comes from God, or in foolishness which comes from the enemy. And who knew there were so many varieties of fools? Prating, scornful, simple and mouthy fools?! Let’s avoid ALL of that and go with the wisdom God gives us simply for the asking (See James 1:5).
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2 thoughts on “Examining the fool’s mouth”
I hate conflict and I was raised to be considerate of other people’s feelings, so I’ve never really been one to “pop off” at the mouth. That’s wonderful and all, but it means that when I have been angry, I have been super mean because it takes so much for me to “go off”. It’s only ever those closest to me that are affected and that’s because I know what can really hurt them. That’s so sad. I’m grateful for the Holy Spirit because now, He stops the words before they come out my mouth (if I yield to Him). I’ve also been spicy to people in emails (or on the phone with customer service or some other kind of business I’m at odds with) and thought long and hard just to choose the exact words that would upset them most or “get their goat” (instead of not replying in an ugly way or being loving in my response). My constant prayer now is that everything that comes out of me is acceptable to God. He’s faithful and I know He’s gonna finish what He began in me. This study has been such a reminder of how important it is to be wise and loving in choosing my words when communicating with my husband, my colleagues, and the public. I must also heed the warning of the Holy Spirit and not take liberties with my words, using excuses like, “It just had to be said”, or I’m just telling the truth!”. Lord, help us all to please you in every way!
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So–yes to your WHOLE comment, especially this:
“I must…heed the warning of the Holy Spirit and not take liberties with my words, using excuses like, “It just had to be said”, or I’m just telling the truth!… My constant prayer now is that everything that comes out of me is acceptable to God.”
As usual, your insightful comments provoke us to think about areas in our lives where we must apply God’s Word!
I appreciate you so much, my friend!