MIDWEEK: No Filter - Purity and Poison
January 15, 2020
BIG IDEA for the series: Quick to listen, slow to speak
We all want to be heard and understood
In our desire to be heard and right, we can herd people right out of our lives!
Curiosity is king in conversation.
Proverbs 18:20-21, NLT
20Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
the right words bring satisfaction.
21The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
20Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach;
good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest.
21Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
The average person speaks 16,000 words per day
The quality of your life is closely tied to the quality and content of the words you speak.
Two crucial theological aspects about your words, three hard truths about your words, and
two hope truths about your words.
Two theological truths…
1. Words connect us with God
“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.” –John 1:14
‘Word’: “Expression of thought”; sometimes used as the sum expression of the utterances of
God. And is used here as a name for Jesus.
Notice- it was the Word that connected God and humanity
Romans 10:9, 10- “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart
God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto
righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
Notice: it is the confession of our words that connect us with God
“He sent his word and healed their disease.” –Psalm 107:20
2. Words connect us with one another
v. 19- “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like
the bars of a castle.”
Here we see the poison fruit of the tongue, but if there are poisonous consequences that
disconnect us from others, then there are pure consequences that connect us with others.
3 Hard truths about your words
1. We can never take them back
2. We will be held accountable for our words
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the
tree is known by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil?
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good person out of his good
treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36I tell
you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
37for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
3. We will eat the fruit; whether poison or pure
2 Hope truths about your words
1. While you can’t take them back, you can start fresh
There are no redo’s, but there are restarts with your words.
2. You choose!
Look at our text again- ‘death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will
eat its fruit’. In other words- you choose! You can stop eating poison, and you can begin eating
4 action steps
1. Say less
2. Listen more
3. Ask questions
4. Pray- give the Spirit your mouth
2 inventory questions
1. Which one of these do you need to work on most?
2. Who in your life is most excited for you to get started?