Every single day we use an average of 16,000 words. Communicating to people is central to are existence. But what do the words we use say about us? Luke 6:45 teaches us that out of our mouth flows what is in our heart. So those 16,000 words that we use each day, no matter how small they are or how few of they we use, matter because they show others what the intent of our heart is. We are demonstrating to people and to God who we are in the deep recesses of our heart.
This week, what did you change in relationships that were negatively influencing you and how did you focus on relationships that are draw you closer to God?
- When do you tend to be most careless with your words?
- How do you struggle with your words in the area of-
- Bragging - (glorifying self rather than God)
- Slander/Demeaning others
- Unwholesome talk (crude language/subject matter)
- (older students) Flattery/Flirting
- Not speaking up for Christ/Biblical truth
- How does your struggle in those areas reflect your heart? (leaders- try to dig deep here. Roots may be things like insecurity, pride, lust, etc).
- How do we begin really changing these areas to exercise restraint and wisdom when we speak?
Ask God to set a guard over your lips (Psalm 141:3). Speak less and when you do talk, view your words as part of your worship to the Lord. Words that honor, praise, and glorify Him!