Join me in this 31 day scripture study as we learn the power our words have to build up or tear others down.
STICKS AND STONES
We all heard this little saying growing up:
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
Seriously? Who came up with this? I guess it was meant to be something to sound tough when you’re up against a bully, but words definitely hurt us.
People have been hurting each other with words since the beginning of time, and it’s blatantly obvious with the invent of social media. The point is, words have power.
The Bible tells us over and over that we need to guard our heart (aka what we expose ourselves to, what habits we are picking up), and goes on to say that from the overflow of our heart, come our words.
Simply put, if you have a heart of evil, your words will reflect that. Now we as adults know that the world is a little more complex than good guys and bad guys, and that because sin is real, it is in all of us. How we choose to think and live will ultimately reflect what words are coming out of our mouths.
How about you?
Do you feel yourself complaining most of the day, or staying positive? Do you encourage others, or do you bog people down with your problems? We all have our moments, but what truths do you go back to day after day?
THE POWER OF OUR WORDS
When I taught second grade, we were taught how to get kids to listen and behave through different techniques. One of my favorites was changing the way we gave directions. Instead of telling the kids what behavior to STOP, we would redirect them to what they needed to START. For example:
- “Stop talking!” vs “When your voice is off, I’ll continue..”
- “Don’t run!” vs “Look how she walks so quietly in the hallways!”
- “Pay attention!” vs “I love how he has his listening ears on!”
Just as a teacher can direct the behavior of her students, a marriage can be improved by change of perspective:
- Assuming the best of your spouse instead of thinking the worst
- Offering to help when they seem overwhelmed
- Serving without complaining
- Surprising them for no reason
- Talking over an issue in a time of calm
Maybe it’s not parenting or marriage where you have trouble, but dealing with co-workers, or even how you speak to yourself…notice what words you frequently use. Do you feel encouraged by them? Do others?
MAY SCRIPTURE STUDY ON THE POWER OF OUR WORDS
This month, let’s study what the Bible has to say about good and bad speech. Are you tearing people down (including yourself!) or speaking life into others?
The directions are simple:
- Print the scripture page and make copies of the journaling pages.
- Write a scripture each day in the space on the left and reflect on it in the space on the right.
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For more posts on Bible study, read:
- April: Print this 30 Day Bible Study on Guarding Your Heart
- February: Print this 28 Day Bible Study on Fasting
- March: Print this 31 Day Bible Study on Jesus’ Ministry
- 5 Styles of Note-Taking You Can Apply to Your Bible Study
- Choosing a Bible That’s Right For You
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