Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
The Scene: Sealed lips– a reminder of how to prevent strife in our relationships with others.
Proverbs 17:14 “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”
A study of the book of Proverbs, spoken by King Solomon and a few other authors, gives words of moral instruction, to help with righteous living: *Guard Lips: Proverbs 21:23 “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” *Tongue restrained: Proverbs 17: 27-28 “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.” *A man deceived: James 1:26 “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight reign on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” *Keeping the peace 1 Peter 3:10 : “For, ‘Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.’ ” *Gossip: Proverbs 20:19 “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.” *Wise Words: Proverbs 15:23 “A man finds joy in giving an apt reply–and how good is a timely word!”
We are called to speak the truth in love: Ephesians 4:15 “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
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