Boldness in speaking does not come easy. Courage to do the right thing in a risky situation does not come easy either. Yet in Esther, we see a woman who had both. Lives were at stake, and if she didn’t speak and act boldly, thousands could die. However, if she acted courageously but blundered it, she could make matters even worse. Esther spoke with prayerful consideration to expose the wrong and point to the right.
Words are powerful! The Bible speaks of the tongue, which is a tiny part of the body, having great force (Jas. 3:1-12). With it we have the power to build others up, helping them to become exactly whom they should be in Christ. However, the ways we use our words can also devastate, tearing down in an instant what took years to build.
God has infused great value into people’s words. Think about it. We build relationships primarily through words, revealing our thoughts and values. We worship and pray to God with words as an expression of the contents of our hearts. The very meaning of gospel is “good news,” and news isn’t news until it’s communicated through words.
- As a leader, thank you for using the power of the tongue to influence others for good. I’d ask today that you evaluate your life, particularly all the ways you use your words to influence others and honor God. Celebrate the ways God continually uses you to build others up and identify ways you can improve. The power of life and death are in our words (Prov. 18:21).
Share the One Conversation with parents to prepare them for further family discussions.