Plymouth Congregational Church

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Watch what you say . . .


Pastor Bill has said more than once that some people have told him that on occasion they get more out of the children’s stories than the main sermon.  I thought it might be kind of interesting to take a look at a few “kid’s lessons” this week . . .

Get a can of shaving cream or whipped cream.  Go ahead . . . I’ll wait.  Now, squirt a bunch of it into the palm of your hand.  Now put it back in the can.  What?  It can’t be done? 

And that is how it is with words.  They can’t be taken back.  Once they’re out there, they’re out there for good. Apologizing may help, but the injured feelings may linger for a long, long time.  And not only harsh or critical words, but I think gossip falls into that category as well.

Proverbs 15:4 says, “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”  James 3:5 states, “So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do.”  Reading on, it tells us to remember that “words are like a fire . . . you can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do.”


2 thoughts on “Watch what you say . . .

  1. Ouch. A great lesson here (and visual aid), but I’m tempted to say “hey, as an adult there’s some things that have to be discussed and we just can’t be gentle or avoid the hard stuff.” Gentle words bring life and health; so do words of admonishment when a brother is in sin.

    I hate to admit that I’m very free to discuss “issues” with my spouse and not always prepare my words in such a way that they bring life. That’s the challenge…to bring life and help bring others (and ourselves) back from things that lead to death (spiritual death). I guess if we spend more time building up life and health in others, when we have to discuss the difficult things it won’t be seen as using our tongue to damage. Of course, this goes down better if the person on the other side can recall all the building and is capable of seeing the true nature of correction as building up life and health.

  2. What a great illustration. I think I will have to use that for a kids sermon!

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