Words That Hurt, Words That Heal
I. Our words have great significance.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
“To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” (Proverbs 8:13)
II. Our words can _hurt_________.
A. Reckless words can pierce like swords (12:18a).
B. Harsh words can stir up __anger_________ (15:1b)
C. Seductive words can entice others to _sin _ ____ (2:16).
D. Lying words hate those it hurts (26:28).
III. Our words can _heal_______ (12:18b). “ . . . . the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
A. _Gentle___________ words turn others away from anger (15:1a).
B. _Gracious____________ words are sweet to the soul (16:24).