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Session 18

Choose your words wisely

Read: Proverbs 18

One night as a mother and daughter were doing their nightly routine before bed, the mom saw an opportunity for a quick, but important, lesson.

She took a brand new tube of toothpaste, handed it to her daughter, and asked her daughter to squeeze the entire tube out into the sink. Confused, but interested, the daughter did as she was asked. Once the tube was empty, the mother asked her to put all of it back in the tube.

“Our words are like that toothpaste,” the mother said. “Once released, our words cannot be put back in our mouths and forgotten.”

Proverbs 18 warns us of the consequences of using words carelessly. We can’t uncrush or un-offend someone, so we are to be wise about how we speak to others and value our relationships over the need to be right (Proverbs 18:14, Proverbs 18:19, and Proverbs 18:20-24).

Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you did and who you are, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” How we make people feel is a result of the words we say and how we say them.

Our words are powerful. They carry weight. So know what you believe and why you believe it, then articulate your faith in a way that is careful and intentional (Proverbs 18:1-7, Proverbs 18:13-17).

Reflect:

  • Can you remember a time when you weren’t careful with your words? What could you have said differently in that situation?
  • What are some examples of how the Lord directs us to use our words in Proverbs 18?

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So you want to be wise?

So you want to be wise?

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The best way to find your way

The best way to find your way

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3

Is God mad at me?

Is God mad at me?

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4

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

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5

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

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6

Why you need to be leading you

Why you need to be leading you

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7

How to avoid getting pulled in again

How to avoid getting pulled in again

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8

How do we know what’s true?

How do we know what’s true?

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9

How to win in every disagreement

How to win in every disagreement

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10

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

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11

How are you measuring success in life?

How are you measuring success in life?

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12

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

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13

Lying won’t get you what you really want

Lying won’t get you what you really want

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14

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

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15

How to deal with anger

How to deal with anger

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16

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

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17

Use your words for good, not evil

Use your words for good, not evil

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18

Choose your words wisely

Choose your words wisely

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19

Learn to own your mistakes

Learn to own your mistakes

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20

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

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21

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

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22

Why you should care what other people think

Why you should care what other people think

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23

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

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24

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

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25

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

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26

How to know who is worthy of honor

How to know who is worthy of honor

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27

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

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28

What to look for in a leader

What to look for in a leader

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29

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

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30

Do you believe God is awesome?

Do you believe God is awesome?

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How to live a life of noble character

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