By:Pastor Ron Crandall
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
There is a little saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” sounds good enough, but many people have been destroyed by the words of others. The tongue is a creative force, but it is also a destructive force.
THE TONGUE IS DESTRUCTIVE TO FAITH
Negative speech creates negative thinking
A. Israel at Kadesh-barnea
2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”
17 Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains,
18 “and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many;
19 “whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds;
20 “whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.
27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
28 “Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
29 “The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”
30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.
33 “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
1. They are too strong.
2. We saw the children of anak.
3. We are not able.
2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
10 and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
49 And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.
50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.
B Jews at Antioch in Pisida
1. Paul preached Christ in the synagogue.
2. Jews stirred up devout and honorable women.
3. Paul and Barnabas were expelled from them.
THE TONGUE IS DESTRUCTIVE TO REPUTATION
A. Jewish leaders slandered Jesus.
1. They said he was Sabbath breaker
2. He considered himself Coequal with God
3. They said he from Beelzebub
B. Paul slandered by legalizing Jews
1. They accused him of Not an Apostle
2. He was Too Liberal
THE TONGUE IS DESTRUCTIVE TO THE CHURCH
A. The Corinthian church
2 Cor 12:19-21
19 Again, do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, beloved, for your edification.
20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbiting, whisperings, conceits, tumults;
21 lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.
1. Paul had sent others when he couldn’t come
2. He feared he might find debating’s, envying, wraths, backbiting, whisperings.
B. The Ephesians Church
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
1. Foolish talking – idle or stupid talk
2. Jesting – obscene and offensive conversation.
C. The modern-day church
A. Problems we deal with today
3. Critical of fellow members
6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows.
7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;