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Mastering The Art Of Living: Speech Therapy – James 3:7-8, Proverbs 12:18

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Speech Therapy

December 6, 2009

Ryan Heller

All kinds of animals … have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue.  [It’s humanly impossible.  Only God can do it.]  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.                 James 3:7-8

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.                                                        Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)

1.         Think Carefully

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.                                             Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)

If anyone can control his tongue it proves he has perfect control over himself.                                            James 3:2 (Living Bible)

5 Simple Questions to Ask Before You Talk

            T — Is it truthful?

            H — Is it helpful?

            I — Is it inspirational?

            N — Is it necessary?

            K — Is it kind?

2.         Speak Honestly

God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love— like Christ in everything.              Ephesians 4:15 (MSG)

The godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.  The godly speak words that are helpful, but the wicked speak only what is corrupt.               Proverbs 10:31-32 (NLT)

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.

Proverbs 27:9 (NIV)

3.         Encourage Regularly


Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.                                                     Proverbs 16:24 (NLT)

4.         Evaluate Throughly

The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.                 Proverbs 15:28 (NIV)

For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

Matthew 12:34 (NLT)