Scripture:  

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in expressing his opinion.  A fool’s lips walk into a fight and his mouth invites a beating.  If one gives an answer before he hears it is his folly and shame.”
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits.”  Prov 18:2, v6, v13, v21

Observation:  

So much godliness is attributed to what we say.  Identification of wisdom can be attributed to whether we speak or not.  Want to identify a fool?  Check out the gums flapping.
The mouth has power and we need to be aware of those implications.

Application:  

I love reading Proverbs: So much challenge.  I don’t like reading Proverbs: So much conviction.
I can’t help it.  I look at the different verses in Proverbs 18 and I say:  Wow!  That’s sharp.  And then I look at others and say “huh?”  And then I look at more and I say “that could be so and so.”
I should look at the guy in the mirror more.
Have you ever been around a person that always wants to talk but doesn’t listen?  And the person that talks and talks and you just want to bust their chops?  I am transparent enough to confess that could be me inviting the beating more often than not.  And, if I am continuing to be candid, I don’t know that I am doing that thinking that what I have to say is important and “don’t you know I just have to get it out there!”  So I don’t see the eyes rolling back in the audience and I don’t read the body language “Why don’t you just be quiet”, and then…you are the only one interested in what you say.  Hopefully I avoided the blow to the mouth.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue.  Unavoidable and universal statement.  We can give life by what we say, or conversely, bring death (such as crushing a spirit, v14).
In a lot of ways being a disciple of Jesus has to do a lot with our speech, controlling the tongue, making sure that wisdom, not foolishness, dribbles out of the mouth.  The Scripture says: “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a fitly spoken word in the right circumstance.” (Prov 25:11)

Prayer:  

Lord God: Thank you for Proverbs one more time.  Tame my mouth, please.  Help me tame my mouth please.  I want to please You with the things I speak of, whether Words of Life from the Bible or stats from the latest baseball game-wherever I am, whatever I am doing, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and Redeemer.  Ps 19:14 AMEN