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Cleaning Up What You Say

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We are speaking a lot of words everyday. You might be texting friends, making tik toks, FaceTiming, Etc. The fact is, you’re using lots of words all day long. On average, a person speaks between 10,000 and 25,000 words a day. That’s a lot of words!

When you’re in math class and find out you missed 10 problems on the homework assignment, what comes out of your mouth? Do you say things like, “I’m so stupid”. “I’ll never get this”? When we say these things, we are speaking death to our situation.

The words that you speak every day, even the smallest words, are important. They set the course and tone for your life. If you don’t like something that is happening in your life, pay attention to the words that you’ve been speaking regarding that thing or situation. Perhaps you need to begin to speak words of life

Everyone knows the verse, there’s life and death in the power of your tongue. (Proverbs 18:21). How many times a day do we catch our self speaking without thinking. Read James 1:19.

What does this verse say about our words?

How many times a day do we find ourselves talking about someone else? Not even always in a negative way, but just in general. Now, how many times do we find ourselves talking about someone in a negative way?

When we talk about our words having power, it’s over those around us as well. We are always so quick to notice the bad in someone and then we like to spread that around to everyone else. Everyone can be affected by gossip in so many ways. In James 3:10 it talks about how blessings and cursing come out of the same mouth. How can these two opposites live in the same place? We must recognise that we use our mouths to praise and honour and glorify God. When we speak negatively about someone else, it doesn’t glorify God. We are not only putting that person down, but we are painting a reputation to others that they are a bad person. We are called to lift one another up, and be there for each other! We are all on the same team!

Here’s 4 things I want you to realize about the words we say:

1) It can damage people.

2) In James 3, we recognise that even though the tongue is small, it can make a LOT of difference!

3) Our tongues should not and cannot be used to shame others, at the same time as glorifying God. Our tongues should be used to praise and honour and glorify God.

4) When we are talking about someone, we should always ask ourselves: Is what we are saying true? And is what we are saying edifying?


Read James 3:1-12.

What does this passage say about the tongue?

Text Syd and Elijah what this verse means to you. Also, tell us an area you feel you need to work on using better words, and why.

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