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Body Language - Part 3, Wise Guy
Miles McPherson - October 18, 2009

Message Recap

Just as God's logos is a full expression of His rational thought, everything we communicate is an indication of what is in our hearts. Since we were made in the image of God, the same rules apply to our logos as to God's. There is one difference: sin!

Jesus says in Matthew 15:17, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man." You've probably heard the phrase, "It isn't what you say but how you say it," but sometimes the problem is what you say. God's communication with us is perfect, but needless to say, ours certainly isn't.

1. A wise guy limits his words, but a fool always speaks his mind. Proverbs 10:19, 17:28

King Solomon, who wrote the Book of Proverbs to share his wisdom with us, had this to say:

A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Proverbs 29:11

A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Proverbs 29:11

I also like the cowboy wisdom I once heard: never miss a good chance to shut up! Have you ever wondered why those being arrested have the right to remain silent? Words can be incriminating, not just to the legal system, but to others and to God.

2. A wise guy studies his words before he responds, but a fool lets them fly. Proverbs 15:28

I'm sure many of you can relate to having witnessed another person rambling on certain facts about a subject, when he actually knows nothing about the subject at all. We can all fall prey to this in moments of social pressure, but it is much better to study first and actually know what to say or else simply hold our tongues or say, "I don't know," than to confirm ignorance.

3. A wise guy controls his words. Proverbs 29:11, 20; Ephesians 4:29

More simply stated: don't gossip! This seems logical, but is often difficult. Pastor Miles pointed out that we shouldn't gossip about each other, as no good comes out of it. How many times have you been hurt by things that others said about you? How many have you hurt? When we have a problem with another person, we show respect and concern for him by speaking to him directly rather than to defaming his character by unwisely speaking to others.

4. A wise guy stands behind his words. Ecclesiastes 5:5-7

If we are to stand behind what we say, we had better be sure our words are ones we can and want to support.

God has and will stand behind His behind His words. As His children, created in His image, we should strive to be like Him. If we are to stand behind what we say, we had better be sure our words are ones we can and want to support.

Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.

Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God. Ecclesiastes 5:5-7

King Solomon warns us in this passage to be men and women of our word, which is not easy to do. Our mouths can often get ahead of us, so we should be careful to be truthful and not to make promises that we can't keep.

For further reading:

The Tongue: A Creative Force by Charles Capps
This book covers the power of the spoken word and how to use this God-given gift properly.

Hung by the Tongue by Francis P. Martin
This book cautions us to be careful about what we say to God, to others, and even to ourselves.

Body Language

This 8-part series examines the many different ways in which God communicates with us. Today's message reminds us of the importance of how we communicate, and exhorts us to speak wisely.

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