Sunday, August 1, 2021

Talk the talk…

Monday, August 02, 2021

I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle. Psalm 39:1

Learning to speak in two or three languages is not nearly as hard as learning to keep your mouth shut in one.  Letting things go in one ear and out the other is bad enough, but what's worse is when things go in one ear, get all mixed up, and come out of the mouth!

Our lives are plagued by the small part of the body which caused the fall of man - The Tongue. 

So the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. 
How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire. James 3:5

Talk the talk…

It’s been estimated that the average person speaks 18,000 words per day. That’s enough to write a 54-page book! Supervising our words is essential, and we desperately need the help of God to know: when to speak, what to speak, how to speak and to whom we are to speak. James says the best display of our spirituality may well be our speech.  We prove a changed heart by our ability to bridle our tongues. 

 Our words always speak louder than our religious rituals. Anyone can dress nicely and come to church, put a fish icon on their rear bumper or listen to Christian music. But without a doubt, one of the greatest indicators of our faith, spiritual maturity and wisdom is the ability to have firm control of our tongues.

 More harm has come to religion, family, government, and society by the tongue than that of the bottle, pill or gun. It is the sin of all ages of people. But just as the tongue has power to destroy, it also has power to heal, to build-up, edify and encourage.  When used properly, the tongue can mend fences, heal broken hearts and encourage those in need of encouragement.  There are those who:

·      Talk too much, say the wrong thing and speak at the wrong time. 

·      Say the right thing and speak at just the right time

·      Gossip, condemn, ridicule, complain, murmur, judge, argue, and curse God and man. 

·      Commend, encourage, support, discuss, help and praise God and man.

The Book of Proverbs is filled with powerful advice for the handling of the tongue.  

·      Proverbs 16:27-28  A worthless man digs up evil, while his words are as a scorching fire.  A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends. 

·      Proverbs 15:23  A man has joy in an apt answer, and how delightful is a timely word! 

·      Proverbs 25:11  Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances. 

This week we will be looking at the power of the tongue.  The Bible has much to say about controlling this small yet powerful part of our body.


Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who

 love it will eat its fruit.  Proverbs 18:21 

Life Lessons Part 5 The Power of Words

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Life Lessons Part 5

The Power of Words
Ephesians 4:17-32

I.  Learn the Value of the Truth v. 25

II.  Learn How to Manage Emotions v. 26-27

III. Learn The Importance of Responsibility v. 28a

IV. Learn Compassion and Benevolence v. 28b

V. Learn the Power of Words v.29

·    Words are tools.

·    Every word we speak is a container.  

·    Words can bring healingProverbs 12:18

·    Words can bring death or lifeProverbs 18:21

·    Words can bring want or satisfactionProverbs 18:20

The World and Words

·    Words created the physical world. Genesis 1

·    Words controlled the world. Genesis 2:19

·    Words condemned the world. Genesis 3:3-4

·    Words can save the world. Romans 10:9-10

·    Words bring about God’s purpose and plan for the world. Isaiah 55: 11

The Wisdom of Ephesians 4:29

·    unwholesome word – decaying, demoralizing others

Three Characteristics of Gracious Speaking: 

·      good for edification - helpful, constructive, and encouraging

·      according to the need of the moment – appropriate, as fits the occasion  
Be specific with praise

·      so that it will give grace - gracious, courteous, kind, and pleasant

We have been saved by grace and we are kept in grace, therefore, we are to live and speak in grace.

Dialogue - a meaningful exchange of ideas in a climate of acceptance and interest. 

To judge before we listen and understand is to alienate and lose the opportunity to influence.

Good communication is the fuel that maintains relationships.  Without it, families fail in many ways.


Questions for Faith at Home

·      Why is it important to think about what we say to others? 

·      Discuss words that build others up and words that tear others down.

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