Thursday August 30, 2018

by colinscanvas

James 3:3-5

We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches…

Hundreds of times in the Bible, God reminds us the power of our tongue. The words we speak impact others whether we believe it or not. Words have the power to bring life or death to a persons day, week, or life. I believe our words are either tearing others down or lifting them up.

Words are sticky. What do I mean? Right this second I can look back on times where words were lodged in my memory. I can remember the person, place, time, you name it. Times were coaches told me I wasn’t good enough to play baseball at the next level and even times were coaches told me I was good enough. Encouragement and discouragement towards things that we care about stick in our minds for a lifetime.

Encouragement is to speak courage into someone’s heart. So what’s discouragement? Just the opposite. Speaking courage out of someone’s heart. What’s the point? Be mindful of what you are saying. Make sure your words have a purpose. Make sure your words are intentional. Jesus always spoke in these ways. To crowds, disciples, the poor, the wealthy; He was always lifting others up for a greater purpose. Let us do the same.

Are you speaking life into others?

How can we be intentional about what we say?

Dear Lord, constantly remind us the power of our words. We see your Living Word and the affect it has on us. We pray today our words encourage others. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman


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