The start of 2024 has been an emotional rollercoaster for our family. As many of you know, we tragically lost my brother in early January, and we are still grieving this tremendous loss. Yet, in the midst of grief, we’ve had moments of joy and celebration too. We were blessed to celebrate my wife Jennifer’s birthday in January, as well as our anniversary last week. This last month was pretty profound for us as a family.
Death has an amazing way of shrinking all of the things that we think are big and important, all the normal things of life, all of the things that we are constantly like, “Oh, this is major, we’ve got to do this,” and making us realize that those things don’t actually really matter that much. Through it all, this season has impressed on us the incredible power of our words. As we’ve parented our kids through this time, we’ve noticed how deeply they are shaped by the words we speak to them. Our words have power to create, and power to destroy. We have a desire to remind believers that we should recognize how powerful our words are and not be frivolous with them.
“How we express ourselves impacts others.”
It is also important to note that the way we say things or express our feelings can heavily impact how our words come across to others. What things have we said to others that they remember that have made a lasting impact on them? And was it good? Was it positive? Was it negative? What things are we saying to our children on a daily basis that they’re thinking and they’re starting to believe? Words are powerful in that they shape the way we and others perceive the world and what we choose to believe about it. They affect us, and those around us.
The serpent didn’t come with a weapon. He came with words and he used his words in a way to deceive, to convince. And so from the beginning of time, words have been the most powerful. We must ask ourselves, what words are we allowing to be heard in our homes? What words are we allowing to come out of our mouths over ourselves, over our kids? And what words are we not saying to our loved ones who don’t yet believe? Are we afraid to say certain words? Are we afraid to tell them the truth in love? Because at the end of the day, the words that we believe are going to guide our life and it’s going to lead us to either death or life.
Our prayer is that God uses this series to make us even more mindful of the power of our words and empowers us to use our speech to bless others just as God’s Word blesses us. Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love eat of its fruit. So what fruit are we allowing ourselves to eat? Death or life?
- Proverbs 18:21 – “The tongue has the power of life and death”
- Ephesians 4:29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up”
- Proverbs 12:18 – “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”
- Proverbs 15:1 – “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”
- Proverbs 16:24 – “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”
- James 1:26 – “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless”