Be very intentional with your words! Quick to listen, slow to speak

Conversations of the Incredible Family
Word Power – Part 1

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 12:33-37

Key Verse:  Matthew 12:36

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Whoever came up with the old saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” was not thinking logically.  Words cause divorce and start wars.  Words are powerful.  Put a few good words together and we can make someone’s day.  Carelessly throw out some negative words at someone and you can crush their spirit.

            Jesus was very clear about the power of words.  He reminded us that every careless word would be judged someday.  Christ followers, therefore, must be very careful about their words—every day.  This Christ-centered concern about our words must start in our homes.  Anyone who wants to develop an incredible family must pay careful attention to the words that are being said to each family member.  Husbands must be careful of their words to their wives.  Wives must guard their words given to their husbands.  Parents must think before speaking to their children.  Children must be trained to take care with their words.

            It is my belief that Christ followers are not tuned in to word power as they ought to be.  Jesus warns us that words are like icons, representing the reality of our hearts.  Tomorrow we will examine the importance of that fact.  Today, let’s determine to be very intentional with our words!  Quick to listen, slow to speak (James 1:19).

Father, I want you to have full control over my tongue.  May my conversations be grace filled and encouraging.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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