Weird Flex Part 5: I Always Say What’s On My Mind (Proverbs 29:11)

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Sermon Notes

I have preached in over a dozen funerals and been to at least that many more. And over the course of these funerals I’ve heard on more than a handful of occasions this phrase, “one thing I can tell you is that they always spoke their mind.” It’s a very interesting phrase is it not? “They always spoke their mind.” They say it like it’s a virtue; like it’s something to be proud of.  I assure you, it’s not.  Ii’ve known people like this who always spoke their mind, and I must say that I’ve never really felt that it was a good quality. My grandmother was one of those people who always spoke her mind. “That haircuts dumb. You kids these days need to learn respect. You call that music.” Never a kind word, just matter of fact opinions spouted off without filter or thought of others feelings.  Instead, I would think that it would be more wise to think about what you are going to say or if it even needs to be said, be a little bit more diplomatic about how to say it, and then gently in a one on one conversation deliver your words with love. But, just rattling off every thought as if your opinion is the final word is not wise; it’s careless and foolish. Saying, “I always say what’s on my mind” is a weird flex, but okay… let’s see what the word of God has to say about it.  This morning it is our hope that when you see the wisdom found in the Bible you will rethink how you go about delivering your words. Yes we should always speak the truth, but we must also speak the truth in love. Your opinions aren’t always truth and your delivery isn’t always loving. So take a step back and filter your opinions and delivery through the wisdom of the word of God found in the book of Proverbs. The main point this morning is that When you say anything, remember It’s better to be righteous than right.