Control your tongue by refusing to lie or speak destructive words (v. 25,29).
Slander: thinking something bad about a person and sharing it with others Psalm 101:5
Suggested hints: arousing a bad impression about someone Exodus 23:1
Gossip or rumor: spreading the evil news that one has heard or imagined 1 Timothy 5:13; Proverbs 26:20; Proverbs 11:13
Deception: defrauding oneself and others by accepting bad news as true when the truth is really not known Proverbs 24:28; Acts 20:29-31
Flattery and exaggeration: excessively praising someone Proverbs 26:28; 1 Thessalonians 2:5-6
- Control your tongue by choosing to be truthful and speak only words that build up others (v. 25,29). Proverbs 16:24; Galatians 5:15; Galatians 6:1-2
- “The church is the only army that shoots its wounded.”
- Justified anger is motivated by righteousness.
- All anger is to be dealt with promptly. Genesis 4:3-8
- Deal with your anger so the devil cannot use you for his evil purposes. 1 Peter 5:8-9; Proverbs 16:32; Ecclesiastes 7:9
- Control your greed by earning an honest living and giving generously. Proverbs 30:8-9
- Giving generously is a primary purpose for your material gain. 1 Timothy 6:18
- Stay sensitive to God’s Holy Spirit, rejecting conduct that saddens Him.
- He is the Holy Spirit so anything that is not holy is distasteful to Him.
- He is the Holy Spirit of God so it is God Himself that we sadden.
- He is the one who seals us for the final day of God’s redemption. Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 3:18
- Treat others with kindness, tenderheartedness and forgiveness. 1 Corinthians 13
- Kindness – an unselfish concern for the welfare of others, and a desire to be helpful even at great personal sacrifice 1 Peter 2:2; 1Peter 3:8
- Tenderhearted: a sympathetic, affectionate, and compassionate interest in others, and a willingness to bear their burden. Matthew 18:21ff; Colossians 3:13
- Forgiveness: A readiness to pardon offenses, to overlook personal wrongs against oneself, and to harbor no desire for retaliation