["FRIVOLOUS FELLOWSHIP" - A Worksheet]
(Selected Passages from Proverbs / Ecclesiastes / New Testament only)
[General principle: There are both good and bad uses for words.]
A. BY THEM WE WILL BE JUDGED
- We will be condemned or acquitted [justified,
proved innocent]) by God. Matthew 12:37
B. QUANTITY vs. QUALITY
FEW WORDS (small quantities) = GOOD
- In the presence of God, good words are FEW words. (First LISTEN!)
- Restraint in the use of words = what a man of knowledge does.
- MANY WORDS (large quantities) (Overflowing abundance of words -
which characterizes the fool.) = BAD
- Sin will NOT be absent when many words [much talk] is
present. Proverbs 10:19
- It results in the speech of a fool. Ecclesiastes 5:3
- It characterizes a fool: he multiplies words [keeps on talking].
- Like much dreaming, many [empty] words are meaningless.
- The more the words, the less the meaning... until nobody benefits
from them. Ecclesiastes 6:11
C. BAD USE OF WORDS
Reckless [careless, rash] words (they pierce like a sword).
- Careless [idle] words (we will give account for them).
- The fool's words - begin with folly... end with wicked madness.
D. ADDITIONAL "WORD" studies that could be examined.
Various verses exist, which mention phrases such as the following:
- Words of knowledge
- Reliable words
- Wise words
- Quiet words
(THE EMPHASIS in these verses is not so much on whether or not it
is good to use words, but on what their effect will be.
Most, if not all, would probably be good uses of words.)
Dennis Hinks © 1999
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