Words are powerful things. They can build up but also tear down, hurt or heal. Words can destroy but they can also rescue and rebuild. Whether or not we’re aware of it, our words are constantly affecting the people around us. James 3:1-8 points out that although the tongue is such a small part of the body, it can steer us like a rudder steers a ship. The tongue can never be tamed and is as dangerous as a spark that can start a forest fire or as deadly as poison. If the tongue and our words can be so terrible, what can we possibly do about it?
RESPONSIBILITY: Following Through With What God Has Called Me To Do
MEMORY VERSE: “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct." GALATIANS 6:4-5 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: I Can Be Responsible With My Words
Mark 7:32-37 showed us a man who couldn’t hear and had a tongue that didn’t work right. The man came to Jesus, the only person who could heal him. Just like the deaf and mute man, we have tongues that don’t work right. We are irresponsible with our words and can hurt those around us. BUT God has the power to tame our tongues and heal our broken hearts so that kind and loving words flow out of us. On our own, our tongues have the power to destroy, but after Jesus heals our sinful hearts, our words can be used to glorify God and encourage others! With God’s help we can be responsible with our words!
- Read James 3:1-8. Talk about the different things the Bible compares our tongues and words to. How have you seen your words act like those things?
- Read Mark 7:32-37. What did Jesus do for the man in the story?
- How can Jesus come in and heal our tongues that don’t work right?
- What is one way you can choose to be responsible with your words this week?
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Teacher: Our Words Reflect What Is In Our Hearts
At dinner this week bring your bible to the table and start a discussion by reading Luke 6:45 to your family. In this verse Jesus is speaking and very clearly explains that our words directly reflect what is going on in our hearts. It is right after Jesus pointed out that you can tell the type of tree by its fruit. Ask your family where they think your heart is by the words you use. Then ask them where their hearts are by the words they use. Read Philippians 4:8 and remind your family that what you think about affects your heart, which then affects your words. Commit to thinking on the things mentioned in Philippians 4:8.
Friend: Small Things With Big Impact
As you are driving with your family, ask them to think of small things that have a big impact. Example: a candle in a dark room, the handle of the toilet, a light switch or the car steering wheel. Then talk to them about how our words are similar. The bible says the tongue is very powerful and has the ability to tear others down or build them up! God has called us to be responsible with our words. Even though they might seem small to us they have a big impact.
Counselor: God Alone Changes Our Hearts!
Responsibility is an incredible thing to learn, but can also become simply a moral value instead of a true heart change that only God can accomplish. As you are putting you family to bed explain this to them. Tell them that being responsible with their words is good but God is most concerned about their hearts. Pray for grace to surrender your hearts and thoughts to stay focused on God.
Coach: I Can Be Responsible With My Words
As you are getting your kids ready for the day, work on memorizing this month's verse together.
“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct." GALATIANS 6:4-5 (NLT)
Thank God for the people in your life who have encouraged you with their words. Ask God to help you take special care with what you do and do not say this week. Pray that you and your small group kids learn to build others up with your words.
Next week we will continue the month of October with the Godly characteristic of RESPONSIBILITY. We will learn that we can be responsible for our actions.
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