Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Words can lift people’s spirits, make them laugh, inspire someone to greatness, and can wipe away tears. But words can also break people down; they can literally kill. Think of the numerous stories you’ve heard of someone who had been verbally abused and it led them to commit suicide. Words have so much power. What are you doing with that power?

The mouth we use to proclaim God’s love is the same mouth we use to curse or slander someone. The mouth that praises God on Sunday is the same mouth that denies him to friends when they start to make fun of you for your beliefs. There are so many verses in the Bible that tell us about the power of the tongue and how we should be careful what we say. But are we being careful?

Make a conscious effort today to take note of what you’re saying. Are you frivolous with your words? Do you talk too much? Here’s something to think about: would you say those same words to your church friends on Sunday? Someone once told me, “Handle words carefully, for they have more power than atom bombs.” So how will you handle your words?

QUESTION 1. When was a time that someone used words to build you up? What about to break you down?
QUESTION 2. Do you talk the same way in church as you do outside of church? Are you living a double life?
CHALLENGE: Think about what you’re saying and weigh your words carefully. Instead of saying words that can kill, or words that mean nothing, speak truth and love and speak them often. The world needs truth and love now more than ever.
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