1. Healthy Families Resist Speaking Corrupted Words

  • Vulgar speech (Eph 5:4)
  • Seething rage that yells (Gal 5:20)
  • Cursing at another person (James 3:9-10)
  • Demeaning, degrading words. (2 Cor 12:20)
  • Backbiting/Slander (Eph 4:32)
  • Bitter Arguing (Eph 4:32)
  • Gossip (Prov 16:28)

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, – Matthew 12:36 (ESV)

Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak – Matthew 12:33-36 (ESV)

9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. – James 3:9 (ESV)

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. – James 1:26 (ESV)

5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! – James 3:5 (ESV)

2. Healthy Families Purposely use Words of Grace

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. – Proverbs 25:11 (ESV)

Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. – Proverbs 27:14 (ESV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV)

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend. – Proverbs 27:5,6 (ESV)

  • Drench yourself in the gospel of Christ
  • Repent from any rottenness in your heart
  • Renew your mind
  • Commit to giving grace
  • Watch for rotten fruit in the future.
Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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