“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as it fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29
We all have examples of times when other people’s words have hurt us. And I’m sure we can also think of times we wish we could have swallowed the words that came out of our own mouths. Our words and the way we listen have the power to speak life or despair into a person! Are we taking that responsibility to heart?
If you were to promise to only speak words that lift others up, how different would your approach to conversations become? To emails? To texts?
This month, we invite you to write about your experience with the power of words. Is it overrated? Is it our responsibility to carefully share? Or do others have a responsibility to extend grace, as well?
- Discuss your current thoughts about being careful with your words. Have recent events changed your approach to conversation?
- Share bible verses or passages that speak to truths about the power of words.
Since we are a family of child advocates, consider sharing your insights from the perspective of Compassion’s ministry and adding a link for child sponsorship.
“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” – Proverbs 21:23