Refrain From Speaking Guile
- Date: April 29, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” (Psalm 34:13)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
We talk about how we relate to one another, and it's important for us to understand that "in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin", how we just talk too much. The longer we don't talk about spiritual things, the more apt we are to say something we shouldn't be saying. So it's vital that we examine our hearts and find out where we stand today in the presence of God. Proverbs 13:3 says, "He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction." Powerful passage. "Keep thy tongue from evil [Psalms 34:13], and thy lips from speaking guile."
We say we love one another. Some of us have signed legal documents that say, "If something happens to me, I want this person to raise my children," and then we stab them in the back-the same people we're going to leave our kids to! And slander them to other people, because for some reason, momentarily they've gotten their nose out of joint, and that person didn't do things the way you thought they should, or whatever, and then we turn around and kill them. I'm not making this stuff up, I'm just giving you all things that we deal with and have dealt with. These are all actual events. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. I don't believe that malicious slander (Proverbs 10) is a big part of what we're dealing with, but I believe slander is. And we need to see how dangerous this is and the death and the destruction that it can bring in the lives of people that we say we love.
How can we do that? Well, tragically, it's in every one of us. There is not one of us here that doesn't have that in our members; that doesn't need that crucified every day of our lives; that doesn't need to humble ourselves, prefer others, be kind and be gentle and be longsuffering. Be kind one to another, tenderhearted.
What's sad is that most of us wouldn't tolerate it if somebody outside this circle said it. But you see, we have a right to, because we're all so close to each other and know each other, and we know that we love and-you know-"We know their hearts, and they're basically good, but this thing really ticks me off." So listen to what He says in Proverbs 10, verse 17, "He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction [that follows the rules, that's teachable]: but he that refuseth reproof erreth. He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom" (verses 17-21). And we see this admonition, and He talks about the danger of a slanderer. Now, the definition of slander just means to "defame" someone. It talks about bringing an evil report instead of that ministry of grace.
How quick are we to carry the good news about others? You know, they have a thing in football they call a "Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award," and it's for people that do good. And you know what? The fact is most of those teams in the natural have a lot of good people: They're not all drug addicts and drunks. They don't all beat their wives up. But those are the ones that get all the attention, aren't they? And the good guys just go on in obscurity. Why don't we pass the good news on? Why don't we talk about how good the children are doing in this and that situation. Oh, there's enough time to deal with the other areas. And, those must be dealt with and corrected and instructed, we know that. We're so quick to tell somebody the bad things their kid just did; how about the good things? I know what you're thinking, but even accidentally, some will get it good every once in a while. But this heart of a slanderer needs to be addressed. So when we see that spirit, let's make sure that we recognize it for what it is: It obviously is not ministering grace and edification and mercy to the hearer. So guard yourself.