Our Words at the Workplace “ Holding Your Tongue  Without Losing Your Head”
“ When words are many,  sin is not absent,  but he who holds his Tongue  is wise” (Proverbs 10:19)
<ul><li>“ I want to make sure everybody who has a job wants a job”  – George Bush during his first Presidential campaign <...
A Study from the Book of Proverbs . . .
(1) Know that Your Tongue is  Powerful  and  Dangerous <ul><li>“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds h...
 
<ul><li>“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control” (Proverbs 29:11) </li></ul>
<ul><li>On a Friday evening, just as the light turned green, his car stalled.  All his efforts to start it again, failed. ...
<ul><li>He waited for the driver to roll down his window, then said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t seem to get my car started.  ...
(2) Refrain from Using Your Tongue  to  Gossip   <ul><li>“ A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a se...
<ul><li>“ Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down” (Proverbs 26:20) </li></ul>
(3) Restrain Your Tongue  in Order to be a  Better   Listener <ul><li>“ A Prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but ...
<ul><li>“ He who answers before listening—that is his folly and his shame” (Proverbs 18:13) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Do you see...
(4) Choose Words and Use Words  Carefully  and  Thoughtfully <ul><li>“A Gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word s...
 
(5) Use Your Tongue in order to  Encourage   Others <ul><li>“  . . . How good is a timely word!” (Proverbs 15:23) </li></u...
Review . . .  <ul><li>Know that Your Tongue is  Powerful  and  Dangerous </li></ul><ul><li>Refrain from using Your Tongue ...
Does all of this sound impossible?
James 3:7-8  . . . <ul><li>For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tam...
<ul><li>“No  MAN  can tame the tongue . . .”  </li></ul><ul><li>But  GOD  Can! </li></ul><ul><li>Each day ask God to help ...
 
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Holding Your Tongue without Losing Your Head

  1. 2. Our Words at the Workplace “ Holding Your Tongue Without Losing Your Head”
  2. 3. “ When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his Tongue is wise” (Proverbs 10:19)
  3. 4. <ul><li>“ I want to make sure everybody who has a job wants a job” – George Bush during his first Presidential campaign </li></ul><ul><li>“ I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy. But that could change.” – Dan Quayle </li></ul><ul><li>“ My fellow Americans, I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” — Ronald Reagan, about to go on the air for a radio broadcast, unaware that the microphone was already on . </li></ul>
  4. 5. A Study from the Book of Proverbs . . .
  5. 6. (1) Know that Your Tongue is Powerful and Dangerous <ul><li>“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise” (Proverbs 10:19) </li></ul><ul><li>“ . . . A gentle tongue can break a bone” (Proverbs 25:15) </li></ul><ul><li>“Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own” (Proverbs 26:17) </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control” (Proverbs 29:11) </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>On a Friday evening, just as the light turned green, his car stalled. All his efforts to start it again, failed. A chorus of honking instantly arose from the cars behind him. </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling as frustrated as everyone else eager to get home for the weekend, he finally got out of his car and walked to the car behind him. </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>He waited for the driver to roll down his window, then said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t seem to get my car started. If you’ll go up there and give it a try, I’ll stay here and blow your horn for you.” </li></ul>
  9. 11. (2) Refrain from Using Your Tongue to Gossip <ul><li>“ A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret” (Proverbs 11:13) </li></ul><ul><li>“ A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much” (Proverbs 20:19) </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>“ Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down” (Proverbs 26:20) </li></ul>
  11. 13. (3) Restrain Your Tongue in Order to be a Better Listener <ul><li>“ A Prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly” (Proverbs 12:23) </li></ul><ul><li>“ A man uses knowledge with restraint . . .” (Proverbs 17:27) </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>“ He who answers before listening—that is his folly and his shame” (Proverbs 18:13) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 29:20) </li></ul>
  13. 15. (4) Choose Words and Use Words Carefully and Thoughtfully <ul><li>“A Gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1) </li></ul><ul><li>“Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue” (Proverbs 17:28) </li></ul><ul><li>“He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity” (Proverbs 21:23) </li></ul>
  14. 17. (5) Use Your Tongue in order to Encourage Others <ul><li>“ . . . How good is a timely word!” (Proverbs 15:23) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Let another praise you, and not your own mouth, someone else, and not your own lips” (Proverbs 27:2) </li></ul>
  15. 18. Review . . . <ul><li>Know that Your Tongue is Powerful and Dangerous </li></ul><ul><li>Refrain from using Your Tongue to Gossip </li></ul><ul><li>Restrain Your Tongue in order to be a Better Listener </li></ul><ul><li>Choose Words and Use Words Carefully and Thoughtfully </li></ul><ul><li>Use Your Tongue in to Encourage Others </li></ul>
  16. 19. Does all of this sound impossible?
  17. 20. James 3:7-8 . . . <ul><li>For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. </li></ul><ul><li>But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. </li></ul>
  18. 21. <ul><li>“No MAN can tame the tongue . . .” </li></ul><ul><li>But GOD Can! </li></ul><ul><li>Each day ask God to help you . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Pray, “Dear God, Please guard my tongue and guide my speech. Let me say only things that encourage others and glorify You.” </li></ul>

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