Death and Life are in the power of the tongue: Patient & Gentleness Series #4

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Out of many lessons taught at Family Life Weekend to Remember Conference, I remember this one in particular that Karen Loritts shared to the wives : “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21

Ladies, we are very good with our words. Researches found that women talks in average 13,000 words more than men per day. Let's keep in mind we can choose to speak 
  • words that build others up or tear them down;
  • words that encourage or condemn others;
  • words that give oxygen and life to others or words that suck oxygen out of them. 
When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Ephesians 4:29 (NCV)

 "... that it may give grace to them that hear." Ephesians 4:29 (ASV)

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As I wrote this, I start thinking on words that makes my soul stronger; words like:
I support your decision.
I am so proud of you.
Good thinking! - got this one from my boys' favorite movie: Go, Diego, Go! :)
You are doing a good job. Keep doing what you are doing!
You can do it!
You are in my prayers.
God and us love you.
May His blessing, presence, peace, strength, joy, and love be upon you.
You are a blessing, so thoughtful, kind, loving, patient, gentle, caring, joyful, creative, gifted...
Thank you for helping, for calling, for being here, for caring, for putting the garbage out, for cooking, for playing with the kids, for working hard.
What can I do to help you?
Can I give you a hug?
I am sorry. Will you forgive me?
I love to watch you play
I forgive you.
We all make mistakes.
I love you.

Michael Hyatt talked about this on his podcast: Watch Your Mouth: How Our Words Impact Others

Let's “Encourage one another daily” Hebrews 3:13

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