Your verbal legacy

Words.

They have power, don’t they?

In the Bible, James writes: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be” (James 3:9-10).

So if words are so important, and if we should use our words in a way that is consistent with our faith, what specifically does the Bible say about HOW we should use our words?

Here are some examples. We should:

–Praise and glorify God (Psalm 103) 
–Pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
–Seek to please God with our words (Psalm 19:14)
–Speak with grace (Colossians 4:6)
–Be straightforward (Matthew 5:37)
–Be prepared to give a reason for our faith (1 Peter 3:15)
–Be truthful (Ephesians 4:25)

Sounds like a plan!

Do you remember a time when someone said something to you that was so helpful and encouraging that it just soothed your soul? In fact, it was so appreciated that you continue to think about it when you need to be uplifted?

That’s the kind of verbal legacy you can leave in the life of someone you love.

By Matthew Ruttan

–My latest sermon is “Washing your mouth out with hope.” It’s based on James 3:1-12 and you can watch it on YouTube here.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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