Number nine: Speak life

Number nine: 30 ways to encourage others in 30 days (part of the 31 in 31 days project)

Number nine: Speak life

Proverbs 18:21a Death and life are in the power of the tongue:

I’m sure you’ve heard this popular song by Tobymac, or at least heard the phrase. This isn’t just about kindness. It’s about speaking things that are life-giving instead of death-bringing.

You might think that is overly dramatic, but it’s exactly what the verse says!

Words are so powerful! Last night Jerry and I watched Ragamuffin The story of Rich Mullins. We both recommend this amazing movie to everyone, but one of the many things that we took away from it: Our words impact our children.

It’s been said that for every negative thing a child hears, he needs to hear 20 more positive things. I’m not sure about the statistics behind that, but I can get behind the idea. The words we hear are important.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” is a total lie! Probably one started by Satan himself.

Go out of your way to speak life-giving words to others. If you feel a death-bringing word coming up, bite your tongue. Literally, bite your tongue. Then pray for something life-giving to say. If you still can’t think of anything, say nothing at all.

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any
unwholesome talk
come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for
building others up according
to their needs, that it
may benefit those who listen.

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God bless,

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