The Power of What You Say

by | Mar 20, 2022 | micd-up, Sermon

Words have power. Power to build up or power to destroy. Armed with any other weapon as strong as words, you might be required to be trained and certified. That’s not a bad idea. God’s word is filled with instructions about how to skillfully speak life into others while avoiding the destructive consequences of harmful speech. No wonder God says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

Read Proverbs 18:21. Words can be powerfully life-giving or destructive. Think of examples of each. When were you built up by the words of another? And when did someone speak destructive, poisonous words toward you?

Why would a person speak hurtful or destructive words to someone else? What perspective must a person embrace to speak words of life to someone else?

Read Proverbs 15:4 and 16:24. How do words promote life?

James spends much of his letter explaining the power of our words. Read James 3:1-12. How does the tongue release disproportionate power for good and bad?

Funerals usually include words of praise and gratitude for the person who has died. But why wait to speak words of life after someone has died? Who in your life could benefit from your words of life? Make it a point to write a note or speak words of life and encouragement to someone who needs to hear what they mean to you.

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