They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear, ( Psalms 64:3-4 )
Words of Life
David referred to some people’s mouths as sharp swords and their words as venomous arrows. Are you building people up, or are you cutting people up with your words? Are you encouraging people, making them stronger and more confident, or are you putting others down, leaving them wounded and scarred? Many times, we can recover from a physical wound quicker than an emotional wound.
If you’re a parent, speak words of life, faith, and encouragement into your children. Yes, you must correct them, but don’t do it in an angry, disrespectful way. Don’t say derogatory things that are going to damage their self-esteem. Correct them in love with a kind spirit. Don’t cut them up with negative, hurtful words at any age. Let’s be parents who speak words of life, who push our children into their destiny, and who help release their dreams. Our children are a gift from God. He is counting on you to guide them, to nurture them, and to encourage them to become who they were created to be.
A Prayer for Today.
Father, thank You that You created me to speak words of life, faith, and encouragement to everyone, and especially to my family. Help me to be aware of the words I am speaking and to tame my tongue before I speak words that could harm. I believe that You will help me to speak in a way that builds up. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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