Welcome back to Week One of the Conversation Peace online Bible study. It’s not too late to the a copy of the Mary Kassian workbook and join us at the #BibleCafe The Conversation Peace workbook is currently in stock at Amazon or you can also find it at Lifeway Stores. Be sure to also visit the Conversation Peace website to download resources and graphic images. You’ll find the 20 Questions, Scripture Cards, and journal pages and more when you visit the site.
This week we set sail and learned that our tongue can set a great forest on fire by one tiny spark (James 3:5-6) and that our tongue can bring death or life (Proverbs 18:21). Words can “breathe life” or “cripple and kill,” writes Mary Kassian. Isn’t it amazing how this tiny little part of our body has so much power? No wonder that God placed such a powerful tool within the cave of our mouth, only be opened and used when we are prepared to use it for good. How often do you pray before you speak…
For a moment, use your spiritual imagination with me to visualize the words that come out of your mouth. Mary Kassian uses the metaphor of setting a forest on fire. The Bible says
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. James 3:5-6 (Message Translation)
Think about how quickly it would spread to cause hurt, and destruction. Or on the flip side, picture your words cultivating a harvest and with your words flowers and crops are blooming. This can be our reality when we align our words with what God has said in His Word.
This week my spirit was pricked when I listed the names of my family and the Lord revealed to me how my words with them in the past were positive or negative. Our tongues navigate the direction in which our conversation will flow. Isn’t that so powerful? I can remember many conversations over the years that have gone terribly wrong. Not the way I wanted to at all, perhaps because my tongue was on autopilot.
I’ve decided to have an accountability partner for this study and we’ve really been ministering to each other. God has been working through us this week. In conversation over this Bible study, she shared her realization that her words hinder and heal. Convicted by the Holy Spirit she prayed to be more healing than hindering. Part of the way she wants to accomplish this is to look at her tongue as a mirror, “Would she say those things about herself or to herself?” You and I can do the same thing.
By answering the questions about my own conversations, I quickly discovered there were a few areas in need of transformation. What an eye opener when I really examined my conversations and how I used my words. Taking responsibility for this is the first and painful step to transforming our speech.
Today we can begin to use the charts and tools we have to set ourselves on the correct path so that our words bring life to others. Our chart is the Bible, the tools that we can use are our own conscience, responses from others, and the Holy Spirit that leads and directs us the correct way to use our words with others. The Holy Spirit will quickly get us back on course when we veer off course.
When we regulate our tongue, and partner with God, our conversation will become what God intended it to be. Words that will bring and give life to others, cultivate harvests in others, give hope and spread love. Don’t you want your words to glorify God and lift others up? I know I do. As you continue to study this week, remember to watch the message you are sending with your speech, make sure your words are understood, take responsibility for what you say, and always go to God for help.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small for study and fellowship
- Pray through and memorize our Breath Freshener for this week: Psalm 19:14
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your tongue
- Read Week 2 in your workbook
- Visit the Conversation Peace website for more resources
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK: (You can answer in your small group or post a comment here on the website if you do not have a Facebook account)
- This week’s lesson identifies our tongue as our principal steering mechanism. What does the phrase “What we talk is where we walk” mean to you?
- How often do you blame difficult people or circumstances for your negative speech? Why is this an unhelpful thing to do? (page 34)
- What are some ways your personality, feelings, past experiences negatively affect the way you communicate. (page 34)
- List two words that you need to remove from your vocabulary on order to have more positive conversations?
Praying with you,