Did you accept Sunday’s challenge to speak, text, or tweet only those thoughts and opinions that encourage, edify, and build up others? Did you commit to refrain from posts, emails, and conversations that discourage, belittle, or tear down others?

Read these words

Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. 

Proverbs 15:4

Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. 

Proverbs 16:24

Words Have Power

Our words, both spoken and written, have power. Power to heal or to harm. Power to unite or divide. Power to build up or tear down.

The six-week challenge was prompted by Ephesians 4:29;

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Ephesians 4:29

What’s Essential

Thinking before we speak, text, email, or post is essential. 

Consider how your words will be understood before you speak. Ask if your social media post will bring life and health to those who read it. Consider if you are building others up or tearing others down before you share that clever meme or image.

We are followers of Jesus. As such we must ask if our words are accurate reflections of him. Will our words draw people to Jesus or push them away?

These six weeks we will result in a clearer understanding of just how powerful our words are. Powerful in the work of building others up. Equally powerful in tearing others down. 

Be wise in how you use your words.

More about wisdom regarding our words this Sunday when we meet to worship together at either 9:00 or 10:30.