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Benefits From Good Speech
A. A Man’s Belly
i. Used in Deut. 6:11 = translated “full”
ii. Just as food satisfies the stomach… makes us full and content, so too the words that we speak can satisfy OUR inner man.
i. Solomon speaks of the words that come out of our mouths as if they were seeds…
ii. And the seed (words) sown (spoken) result in fruit… a harvest… an increase of the field…
iii. And that harvest satisfies the farmer (the one speaking)
a. The “fruit of his mouth” refers to the words that come out of his mouth.
b. The assumption here is that GOOD words come forth.
c. That man shall be satisfied…
1. The man who speaks well of others often has people speak well of him.
2. The man who uses his mouth to encourage others will find that others will encourage him too!
3. This concept is a different twist on the “you reap what you sow” principle – applied to our speech.
2. Prov.15:1 - For example, Solomon says that a “soft answer turneth away wrath.”
a. The man who, in the midst of an argument chooses to obey this verse will discover its truth.
b. Instead of yelling back… or hurling slurs and accusations… he softly replies in words of grace and kindness.
c. He experiences the GOOD FRUIT of his mouth: the argument subsides… relations are restored.
d. He avoids the huge explosion that was about to happen.
e. That brings great satisfaction to his soul.
3. Another example: Prov.15:23 – a man has JOY by the answer of his mouth. Joy satisfies the soul!
a. Feed = pasture; pasturage; pasturing; bring to pasture – the work of a shepherd.
b. Good words can feed others and be like medicine in their souls.
c. But the one who GIVES the good word… the one who feeds others with truth and good words is also satisfied!
d. Think of the satisfaction that comes to a Sunday School teacher who leads a little to the Lord!
e. Think of the satisfaction of the brother who speaks words of encouragement to another brother who is ready to throw in the towel… and he repents and gets right with God!
f. Think of the satisfaction of the one who shares the gospel with a friend at work – and he gets saved!
a. Do you know someone who needs comforting? Use your mouth for good!
b. Solomon says that not only will the other person benefit – but so will you!
a. This good man EATS of that good fruit.
1. Eating the fruit of something speaks of “enjoying the benefits” of it.
2. This figure of speech is taken from every day life in an agricultural society.
3. The farmer who produces good fruit gets to eat it!
4. This well known principle is applied to our speech.
b. But notice that the opposite is true as well.
1. The man who is a transgressor – and sins with his mouth shall also have something to EAT…
2. He eats violence… the evil fruit from a bad mouth.
3. The soft answer turns away wrath.
4. The loud, angry answer stirs UP wrath – and often incites violence!
5. Someone cuts you off on the highway and you yell at him out your window: “You jerk!” That uncontrolled tongue may cause you to EAT violence – road rage!
a. When the fruit of our mouths is good fruit as Solomon suggests in this Proverb, we reap a wonderful harvest of rest, peace, contentment, and satisfaction.
b. But if the fruit is evil… there are serious consequences.
a. Instead of our inner man being satisfied, he might be feeling ashamed, embarrassed – NOT content!
b. If the fruit is evil, we will carry along a guilty conscience… which is miserable.
c. If the fruit is good, we can enjoy a clean conscience… and joy!
d. There are wonderful PERSONAL benefits from kind and gracious GOOD fruit coming out of our mouths.
e. But, we should be careful about motive.
a. Solomon doesn’t mention motive here… this is just a proverb.
a. We should speak good words for the purpose of edifying and helping OTHERS.
b. Solomon simply states here that there is a wonderful FRINGE BENEFIT for us: we ourselves are satisfied… deep down in our belly.