Words of thanksgiving and cursing pour out from the same mouth. My friends, this should not happen! (James 3:10)
This talk focuses on words – how we use them and what we say.
Have some toothbrushes, and invite several children to put the toothpaste on the toothbrush, ready to use. They have to think very careful about how they do it, but it is important in cleaning our teeth.
In the same way, how we use words is important. What we say is important. We have to be careful about what we say. What do we like people to say to us – and what do other people like us to say to them?
“A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.” (Proverbs 15:1)
“When wise people speak they make knowledge attractive but stupid people spout nonsense.” (Proverbs 15:2)
“Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4)
1. Get someone to give a squeeze with the cap on – toothpaste does not does not come out.
2. Get someone to give a bit of a squeeze when the cap is off – what is inside the tube comes out.
We need to know when to talk and when not to talk. When we get ‘bumped’ or ‘squeezed’, what is inside, what is in our hearts, will come out, so it is important that our hearts be right.
Jesus said: “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good person brings good things out of his treasure of good things.” (Matthew 12: 34b, 35a)
Put some paper on a tray, and then take a big tube of paste and squeeze it all out onto the tray. Then ask someone to put it all back into the tube!
What we say gets spread around. We cannot take it back again, even when we apologise, it is remembered.
Three questions: Is it true? Is it kind? And is it necessary?
“Do not let kindness or truth leave you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 3:3)
“By speaking the truth in a spirit of love we must grow up in every way into Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)
From an idea seen at Somervell Presbyterian