A. On December 15th, 1791 this amendment to the US Constitution was ratified [signed; made valid]: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (https://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am1.html).
- Some will take the fact that we are to obey civil law (I Peter 2:13-17), and go too far in thinking that means you should just keep talking.
- Is civil law our standard to live by (Luke 4:4, John 6:63, and II Timothy 3:14-17)?
- The world is watching and listening (Psalms 37:32).
- The Lord is watching and listening (Proverbs 5:21 and Proverbs 15:3).
- Therefore, we must behave ourselves wisely (Psalms 101:2-3).
II. Body: If You Love Life And Good Days… (Psalms 34:12-18 and I Peter 3:8-17).
A. We are expected to act and speak in a way that charges cannot be rightly levied against us (Titus 2:7-8).
- What were the prudent instructed during an “evil time” (Amos 5:13-15)?
- Think of how we ought to answer (Colossians 4:5-6).
- Think about the many lessons we learn about controlling our tongues (James 3:1-18).
- We will be judged for every word (Matthew 12:33-37).
- We are not permitted to speak any corruption (Colossians 3:8; 3:17).
- Our words can cause much good OR harm (Proverbs 18:21).
- What does much talking present (Proverbs 10:19 and Proverbs 13:3)?
- Think about what a person who talks too much is (Proverbs 29:11 and Ecclesiastes 10:12-14).
- Think before you speak (Proverbs 15:28).
III. Conclusion: Jesus had the RIGHT to talk, but He was cautious (I Peter 2:21-23).
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