Proverbs 15 begins with a description of the use of the tongue.
When people go about their business of holy living, others can be offended by the lack of wickedness in your life style. You do not participate in their form of twisted humor. You do not laugh at their stories because of the content. You do not back up their distortions of truth.
When they display anger at you in their response, “A soft answer turneth away wrath:.” This is a proper use of the tongue. But if you reply with “grievous words” you will stir up anger. Watch the response of those with whom you speak. Their response will help you evaluate if you have made proper use of your tongue. Have you used knowledge aright?
The mouth of the fool pours out foolishness. Their response is perverse. It turns away from truth or responsibility in some way. It will handle truth in a light hearted and insincere way as though it really does not matter.
You may say in your heart, it does not really matter. No one will see! But “the eyes of the LORD are in every place beholding the evil and the good.”
You call yourself holy? If you really are, you will be concerned about your tongue and its use. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit.”
Christmas is the season when envy rears its ugly head.
As jealousy, people look at each other. Some family members or friends can do things we cannot do. Because their gifts and talents may be expressive and put them in the public eye more than ours, we can be grieved by their fame or success. Such grief can lead to hatred or desires that they be knocked down. We may use hateful words or actions to accomplish this ourselves. This is wrong.
If we see that others who are sinners seem to be elevated because of their ways, we may be envious of them. Any profit they may seem to gain will eventually work to their fall, even their being cut off. What they seem to have really is not worthy of being envious.
Those who are of a sound heart will find holiness is the focus of their life. Holiness is reflected in a heart. That heart will be serene, mild, unruffled by what goes on about them. There will be a peace of mind within them because they “fear the LORD all the day long.” The focus of their life is upon the LORD. They have not time to allow the activities of sinners or others to capture their longing attention.
Who is Jesus? (5) ” And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Col 1:17 Many people may acknowledge Jesus is God. But if God then your very continued existance happens by His omnipotent continuing work of holding you together. It is part of understanding that he is eternal and alive and working in your behalf right now. Our existance is in His hands present tense. – Campus Pastor
Does this not help us to understand the implications that the heart of the king is in the hands of God? Pro 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Do you think that you, being a man, dare disrespect the will of God any less? There do come days of judgment such as is described in Jeremiah 4:9.
“Psa 7:10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.” Have you a defense for who you are and what you do. Or do you need to be saved?