Life or Death


The Cure for Toxic Talk

Key Bible Verse: And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! (James 3:10)

Dig Deeper: James 3:2-12

As devastating as [cruel] words can be, they can be offset by words of truth, hope and love. The right words at the right time can be helpful, healing, and life-transforming. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death” (NIV). What you say can give life to other people, or it can take life away.

Words are powerful beyond imagination. Think about it. When God created the world, how did he do it? He spoke. God said, “let there be …” and there was. Words have power. The potency of godly words can revive, heal, and change our lives. Ungodly words have the power to bind, imprison, and destroy. Faith-filled words bring life. Faithless words bring death.

Countless times a day, when it comes to what you hear and say, you have choices to make. When you hear the words of others, you can choose to receive them as truth or reject them as lies. And every time you open your mouth to utter a word, you have the opportunity to speak life or the temptation to take it. Think back through the past few days. When you spoke to others, what did they hear? Either you aimed sharp, poison-tipped darts at their hearts, or you injected them with life-giving, God-honouring booster shots.

– Craig Groeschel in Soul Detox

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