Community-Building: The power of words.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
How come we are so brave when we can text messages? We’ll text things that we would never say out loud. Technology enables us to have a separation between ourselves and the subject of our text. But texting is communication. The possibility of hurting someone is very real. What we say can build up or tear down. It can show our character – and dishonor the God whom we claim to serve. But, oh, the temptation is so strong sometimes. And that’s when we need to remember God’s words to us in our memory verse for this episode.
Grace is undeserved favor. Is our conversation extending grace or judgment to another? Salt here means that our conversation is engaging; it stimulates a thirst to talk more. Do our words invite dialogue? Or are they declarations that we dare anyone to question? When we interact with people with grace and invitation, we will encourage questions—good questions. We want to be ready to answer with love and discernment. In the power of the Spirit, we can do this.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What did Liz lose?
A. His cell phone.
Q. Who found it?
Q. What did Scooter do with it?
A. He sent text messages to Liz’s friends and enemies.
Q. What did Scooter say about Granny’s garden club?
A. He called them “bloomin idiots.”
Q. What did he say about Lucille?
A. He called her a “preachy goody goody.”
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why does God warn us about our words?
God takes our words seriously because in the Bible he uses words to convey his love and mercy. God also knows how much words can hurt others. God’s command to us is to love him and love others. One way that we love others is by using our words to build them up, to encourage them. See Proverbs 12:25, 15:1, 25:11, 16:24.
God also takes his own word seriously. The Bible tells us that God’s words are flawless (Proverbs 30:5); are powerful (Hebrews 4:12); are true (Psalm 119:160); and will stand forever (John 6:68).
A good family activity would be to read through all of Psalm 119 and to make a list of all the ways God’s word is described.