Every Monday I want to challenge men to be the "Hero" God intends them to be in life. A Hero is a man who constantly sharpens the following five character traits... 1) Speak Life, 2) Walk Wisely, 3) Choose Love, 4) Trust God and, 5) Control Self. This entry is taken from the Hero Handbook 2011, published to give men an opportunity to better understand what it means to answer the call of Biblical manhood. Casey Young is the author of this entry for men to "Speak life." I know you will be challenged.
Proverbs 18:21a “The tongue has the power of life and death…”
Our words are extremely powerful. What we say, and how we say it, carry much influence on the people in our lives. This is the point Proverbs 18:21 is making to us. Our words not only communicate, but they influence as well. That’s why the Bible encourages us to use our words in ways that encourage and lift others up, because with our words we have the ability to speak life.
Husbands, are you careful not to speak harshly to your wife? Do you speak to her in ways that build her up? Fathers, do you regularly encourage your kids? In what ways do you speak to family members, to those with whom you work and those who may work for you? How do you speak to a server at a restaurant? Each encounter we have throughout each day is an opportunity to speak life.
It’s also important to see the potential result of our words. According to Proverbs 18:21, our words lead either to life or to death. Life and death are opposite results. They are exclusive. There is no middle. With our words, we either build something up, or we tear something down. We either speak life into someone’s life, or we speak death. We encourage or discourage with our words. Again, there is no middle-of-the-road when it comes to our words. There is power in every word we speak. As we strive to answer the call of biblical manhood, may we begin to think about what we say, how we say it, and try to use our speech to bring the power of life to those around us.
When you speak this week, think about the power your words have and ask yourself, “Am I using my words to bring life or death?”
Was there a time in your life when the words of another deeply wounded you? What impact did their words have upon your life?
Briefly relate a time when you were the one who spoke words of hurt or anger. Do you feel your words caused harm to that person?
In both instances, how did the hurtful things said affect your relationship? How did you respond in each situation?
Identify someone in your life to whom you need to speak life. How can you accomplish that today?
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