Proverbs Part 2
Your words should be in alignment with who God says you are.
You can tell a lot about where someone is from based on how they talk. Do you talk like you are from God? Can others say: “I know exactly where you are from” based on how you talk? Words have the power to change the trajectory of our lives, either for the better or worse.
Words kill and words give life.
We watched the IKEA video of the two plants. Both were played recordings of words. For the plant that received mean and degrading words, it wilted. For the plant that was encouraged, it thrived. This points back to the truth that words produce life and death for us.
We must be intentional with our choice of words in our conversation with ourselves.
Be kind to yourself. Don’t speak negative words over your life. Your words to yourself affect your reality and can be offensive to your creator. You were created in God’s image. You aren’t your weaknesses, faults, or mistakes.
You are a child of God. You will not be able to speak life into others if you can’t do it to yourself. Start with using the Word of God as a mirror. Listen to His voice above all others to create your view of yourself.
We must be intentional with our choice of words in our conversation with others.
People should want to be around you because of how encouraging your presence is. The word encouragement means to give someone strength. When you recognize something good, say it! This starts at home. We must start with spouse/kids.
If you want to change your life, change your words.
- Can you think of a time when words of encouragement changed your perspective on a situation?
- Can you think of a time when negative words caused major issues in a relationship or situation?
- What kind of encouraging words make the most difference in your life?
- Who are some people that you know that you recognize could use encouragement right now?
Proverbs 18:21 – The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
1 John 4:4-6 – You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.