War on Words
Our words are one of the greatest gifts that God has given us. With our mouths we are able to express our love to those who are dear to us, offer encouragement to those who are hurting, and share the good news of the Gospel to the lost. Our words can mend broken relationship, heal the brokenhearted, and lift up the downcast.
As great a gift as word can be, however, they are also capable of doing terrible damage. With one insult, we can send a person’s self-esteem crashing down. With one lie, we can damage a relationship forever. With one hateful word, we can destroy any opportunity we had to bear witness to the love of Christ.
The scriptures take the damaging potential of words very seriously. James 3:5b-11 says; How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.
The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
We all need to be careful with how we use our voices. In our Saturday and Sunday Bible Studies this Lenten season, we will focus on our word; looking at how and when to use them and when to keep our mouths shut. I hope and pray that you’ll join us in studying this area in which we all need God’s help. Our lessons will be;
February 24 & 25 – Shut up and Listen up;
Learning to Listen Before We Speak
March 3 & 4 – Shut up and Pray up;
Talking to God before Talking to Each Other
March 10 & 11 – Itching Ears
Flattery, People-Pleasing, and Speaking the Truth in Love
March 17 & 18 – But I Just Want to Know How to Pray!
Gossip, Hearsay, and Confidentiality
March 24 & 25 – Getting in the Last Word
Anger and Tempering the Tongue