Ephesians 4:29

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

God created the Universe with his words, and he created us in his image. That must mean that our words are powerful. No, you probably haven’t been able to speak a world into existence, but you sure can strongly impact the world around you. With your words you can change the course of someone’s day, you could affect a group of people, or even change how a person views a situation. Our words are powerful – they can either bring life or death. This is a figurative illustration in the Bible that holds a lot of weight in our everyday lives.

Why is it so easy for us to gossip about other people? What is it about talking bad about other people that so often draws us in? What good does it do for us or for them? There really is no lasting benefit to gossip. Sure, it might make you feel better in the moment to vent about how you feel…or maybe it will help feed your own ego to point out the flaws of others…or maybe you think it might help you fit in with a certain crowd. Whatever reason you may have, it is important to truly examine the outcome.

When you speak poorly about someone or to someone, you can bring death to your relationships. You can kill the way someone views you or themself, and you can even cause your own heart to harden toward others. Gossip, slander, lies, and hateful truth are some common examples of how we speak death.

Encouragement, truth told in love, and speaking up against injustice are a few or the many ways we can speak life. Life-giving words can change the atmosphere around you for the better. Our world is full of words that bring death. We need more life spoken all over the place! Imagine how conversations in your friend circles would change if you started speaking up with life-giving words when others were gossiping. Imagine how you would impact the lives of people around you who only ever hear words that drag them down if you started encouraging them. Imagine how the world would change if we each followed Christ’s example and spoke life into darkness!

QUESTION 1. Imagine you had only 100 words to speak each day. What would you want those words to accomplish?
QUESTION 2. How have you seen words bring death in your own life? How have you seen words bring life in your own life? Which type of words do you speak most often?
CHALLENGE: Choose your words wisely today and pay attention to how the words you say and the words you hear impact others.
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