Do your words give life or bring death?

Paul David Tripp has said, “You have never spoken a neutral word in your life. Your words have the power of life and death in them.” This morning, Proverbs 12:18, made that come to life for me: There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing….

Tripp on Not Seeing the Anger that Lives in You

In part 5 of the “How to Be Good and Angry” seminar, Paul Tripp talks about what happens if you fail to acknowledge that anger is something that lives inside of you, not outside of you.  He said that if you fail to acknowledge this: You will personalize what is not personal. You will turn…

Paul Tripp on How Good Things Become Bad Things

Paul Tripp shows the progression of how good things in life become bad things, and then proceed to ruin our relationships. (This isn’t an exact quote, just my paraphrase.) Desire is basically an “I want…” Jesus did this Gethsemane. But then he said, “Father, not my will, but yours be done.” Well, our desire then…

Proverbs: Wisdom in Speech

Part 6 in a 7 part series. View series intro and index. Let me say this right up front: I am not the greatest example of wise speech.  I’ve stuck my foot in my mouth a few times and I have let a few foul words slip as well.  Yet in his great mercy, despite my constant…

Pitfalls in Communication: Sin

Part 6 of a 6 part series. View series intro and index. Let’s have a short review of everything we’ve discussed over the past six weeks about our communication.  We assume the worst about people and assume they know what we are thinking.  We communicate differently than our neighbors, our friends, and the opposite gender because we…

Communication and Sovereignty

When our words flow out of a heart that seeks control, it simply points to a deeper truth that we do not rest in the sovereignty of God.  Instead of seeking control, we need to let God be God.  In Paul Tripp’s book, War of Words, he provides seven questions for us to think about…