Thank you to Marci, an experienced AHE mom, for sharing this devotional with us.
They can be used as a healing balm to a hurting soul, or as a slashing sword to cut a wounded heart.
It is important that we train our children to listen to the words they say. We can teach them to think before speaking. However, parents must model the think before speaking process.
“Children don’t always listen to their parents, but they do imitate them.”
The Bible says “The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:5,6
A blogger friend shared an object lesson with her children to stress the importance of words.It is a simple way to help our children understand this concept.
1.Squeeze toothpaste out of the tube…then put it back in.
2.Place a drop of Tabasco Sauce on your tongue…then quickly get a drink of water!
It is a sobering thought to realize that the words we speak can carry such great power. Thankfully we are not left to flounder without help. The book of Proverbs is filled with incentives and reasons why gaining control of our tongue is so important.
“The mouth of the righteous is a well of life.” Proverbs 10:11
“The tongue of the wise promotes health” Proverbs 12:18
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones”
“The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly” Proverbs 15:2
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life” Proverbs 15:4
But how do we gain a wholesome, wise, and righteous tongue?
1. Through earnest prayer
“Create in me a clean heart oh God”
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight Oh Lord, My strength and my redeemer”! God knows our need, He hears our cry, and His grace is available.
Ask for perception and awareness of the words that we speak as we begin this building process.
2.Repeat Bible promises out loud.
When you hear yourself speak The Word, this internalizes what you are saying and it empowers you for necessary change.
Our words affect those around us. We are either building up, or tearing down those who hear our words. Our children are especially vulnerable as they absorb what they see and hear from adults around them.
May the words that I speak today Heavenly Father, uplift and encourage others.
In Jesus Name,