Speaking Life-Giving Words

Speaking Life-Giving Words

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“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.

Proverbs 16:24

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?

Discussion Questions:

  1. 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?

  1. 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?

  1. 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
  1. 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