In this chapter, Solomon shows the importance of proper speech. His words were mirrored in Luke 6:45, The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
The Wisdom of an Encouraging Word: Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
1. Remember the name .
2. Recognize their potential .
3. Request their help .
4. Reward their achievement .
The Wisdom of a Healing Word: Proverbs 15:4
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Three Gates of Gold:
1. Is it true
2. Is it needful
3. Is it kind
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
The Wisdom of Saying Nothing: Proverbs 15:23
A man finds joy in giving an apt replyC and how good is a timely word!
1. The blessings of learning . Proverbs 13:16
Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.
2. The blessings of listening . Proverbs 12:23
A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise (Proverbs 10:19).
The Wisdom of Loving Speech: Proverbs 15:30
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
1. It requires a good outlook on life. Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
2. It requires feelings and respect for others. Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark (James 3:2-5).