How about a riddle…

What is often held but never touched?

Do you want another one…

What tastes better than it smells?

One more…

What has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 (hint… Proverbs 18:21)

If you answered “tongue” to all these riddles, give yourself a prize.

This week let’s explore what Proverbs have to say about the words we choose. 

I invite you to sit with this verse this week…

Proverbs 18:21 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

    and those who love it will eat its fruits.

 If the Bible says that death and life are in the power of the tongue. It might be worth having a conversation about the power of our words. 

Words carry enormous power—the power to heal or hurt, encourage or discourage, speak truth or deceive, praise or criticize.

Do you tend to remember the words that encourage you or the words that have hurt you?

Do you find it easier to offer praise or criticism to someone?

Do we excuse our harsh comments and sarcasm as joking and having some fun?

What about the nursey rhyme… “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” … do we think that is true? 

Let’s talk about it on Sunday. 

~ Pastor Dustin