“Speaking Life-Giving Words” • May 14, 2020 • Mary Schaeffer
With our words we can encourage, build up and bring healing to those around us. Our words can actually be life-giving. What an amazing thing that we can have that kind of influence on the people in our lives!
The Bible says a lot about the words we speak…
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18
Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Gentle words bring life and health. Proverbs 15:4
…you can identify a tree by its fruit. You don’t pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles. A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit…the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced. ~Jesus, in Matthew 7:16-17,20
Whatever is in your heart determines what you say. ~Jesus, in Matthew 12:34 (Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. Proverbs 4:23)
The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. ~Jesus, in John 13:35
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29
What to do when we realize we’ve ‘sliced and diced’ with our words:
- Ask forgiveness from the Lord
O Lord, you are so good and kind, so ready to forgive, so full of mercy for all who ask your aid. Psalm 86:5
- Ask forgiveness from the person we’ve hurt
…if your brother or sister has something against you … first go and be reconciled to them. Matthew 5:23-24
- Invite the Lord to help us change our hearts. His Spirit living inside us will help us to have words that are kind, good, loving, and self-controlled. Spending time in Philippians 2 is a great way to chisel away and move toward heart change.
The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
…in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
Icebreaker: What’s something you have learned to do during these last eight weeks?
- With that kiss, I became a painter. ~Benjamin West.
What ‘words of life’ have been spoken to you sometime in your life that have helped to shape you into who you are today?
- The absent are safe here.
This is such an important principle whether I’m talking about a specific person or about a group of people, but it seems people often forget how harmful it is to talk negatively about a group of people. Why?
- When you took inventory of your words, what action steps did you feel you need to take?
- Ask forgiveness from the Lord
- Ask forgiveness from _______
- Do some work on my heart
- Here’s a great prayer for all of us, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14.
If you are answering these questions with someone else, would you be willing to pray it out loud together?
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at
my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8