Last weekend's message at Vineyard Church of Columbus has been replaying in my mind. So I thought I'd share some of the statements that jumped out at me.
The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21
Our words are either building up or tearing down. Stephen Van Dop, Vineyard Church of Columbus (VCC), The Power of Words, November 22, 2008
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 10:19
Our character is revealed as much by what we listen to as what we say. Stephen Van Dop, VCC
A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. Proverbs 20:19Gossip - words spoken with the intention to cast a shadow on the reputation of another person. Stephen Van Dop, VCCEven a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. Proverbs 17:28A wise person thinks before he talks - but he does eventually speak. Stephen Van Dop, VCCA gentle answer turns away wrath. Proverbs 15:1A soft, quiet answer helps tone down our own anger and helps the other person tone down the volume of their anger. Stephen Van Dop, VCCThe lips of the wise spread knowledge. Proverbs 15:7A wise person considers the impact of their words by asking 1) Is it true? 2) Does it add value to the conversation? 3) Is it kind and full of mercy? Stephen Van Dop, VCCAn anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12:25
The entire Proverbs Series, Everything Your Parents Should Have Taught You (But Probably Didn't) has been very good. The series began September 21, 2008 with The One Thing You Need to Succeed in Life. You can listen online or download it to listen in the car. Go to Online Sermons at www.VineyardColumbus.org.