Sunday, 19 May 2019

The Impact of Godly Words

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

WORDS reveal the HEART

Jesus tells us that we will either be “condemned” or “acquitted” based upon the words we’ve spoken (Matthew 12:34-37). This shows us how words reveal what is really in our hearts. The book of Proverbs discusses three main types of words that come out of our mouth and what that reveals about our hearts.

  • Calm words reveal a heart at peace.
  • Uplifting words reveal a heart of joy.
  • Gracious words reveal a heart of love.

Never forget this truth:

  • Your words are eternal, so speak life.

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. Share one positive comment about the person sitting to your right (or however you would like to organize the sharing). Share something you appreciate about this person.

Digging Deeper

2. How much of an influence do you think it made on Abraham, Jacob, Peter, John, and James to be given new names? God has given you a new name and you are now a saint. Do you live like a saint or a sinner? Remember, Jesus calls you by a beloved name, Satan calls you by your sin.

3. When you are insulted, how do you respond (Proverbs 12:16-18)? How do you find peace in the midst of relational turmoil? In what ways can your words help others heal? Can you share about a time when someone’s words helped you heal?

Applying the Word to Life

4. Instead of trying to guard your tongue, guard your heart this week. Study the fruits of the Spirit and pray for God to increase these fruits in your heart (Galatians 5:22-24). Which fruit do you lack the most?

5. Do you encourage others enough? This week, focus on others and genuinely pour encouraging words into their life. Do your children, employees, friends feel uplifted by you? Or do you tear people down with sarcasm, complaining, back-biting?

6. Sweet speech is persuasive (Proverbs 16:21). This is not manipulation, but kindness. People tend to change their mind more often when they are approached in kindness. If you need to confront someone this week, how will you season it with grace (Colossians 4:6)?