Today we continued the series called Speak, a message about the power of words to shape our lives. This topic can really speak right to the heart of many of us since we all tend to use words.
Sometimes we use those words to hurt, and other times to build each other up, but do we even stop to recognize which words these are and what effect they have on others? A scripture reference from the message today was appropriately Proverbs 12:18, but if you do a little searching, there are so many scriptures that talk about how we use our words. I thought it was very interesting that our Tuesday Small Blogger Group studied James 3 last week, see Blogger Small Group, James 3, which devotes an entire section of the chapter on The Tongue Is a Fire.
Proverbs12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
It doesn’t take long to find many other very appropriate scripture references to how we use our words when we interact with others.
Rusty’s Challenge, Wise Words
So, Rusty, the Senior Pastor, challenged each of us to try to go at least 24 hours without saying a harsh or otherwise unwise word about, to, concerning, anyone else. At first, I thought, ahhh, no big deal, but I quickly realized that I sometimes have quite a cynical view of things and this might be a little harder than I thought.
On the way home from church I thought, what a great idea. It only took me about 10 minutes before I realized, whoops, guess I will start over again, so, it will start with this post.
How about you? Are you up for Rusty’s challenge.