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Good Words

Good Words

25 April 2009

Scripture:

35 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:35-37 NLT)

Observation:

Good words bless, inspire, encourage and evil words hurt, demean, and demoralize. Kids are shaped by words parents speak to and about them. “Good try. You can do it! I love you. I’m glad you were born!” “You’re stupid! Can’t you do anything right?”

Good words unspoken can leave a hole in the heart – never praising effort, not acknowledging progress, not expressing love. Some kids are wounded and broken by evil words and become the demonstration of those words. Others react and fight bitterly to prove those words wrong. Either way, the words shape the person and their future. In marriage and family, in friendships, in the workplace – words are powerful.

Proverbs 11:9a Evil words destroy one’s friends.
Proverbs 15:4 Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 18:21b The tongue can kill or nourish life..

Application:

I need to weigh every word I speak and consider its effect on others before it comes out of my mouth. Today my greatest impact may be a good word spoken to someone in the right way at the right time.

Prayer:

Father, help me to choose and use my words as carefully as I would handle and point a loaded gun. Help me to use words to bless, inspire, encourage and never to hurt, demean, and demoralize. May I bless someone with a good word today. Amen.

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