Words are like weapons and tools. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Let’s choose to be the dads who use our words as tools for good rather than weapons of mass destruction!
Words: As tools for good instead of weapons for evil.
Firstly, let’s be the dads who “put off hate-filled speech that degrades or demeans (1 John 4:20, Titus 3:3, 1 Peter 2:1) and instead, put on the same love Christ gave while we were yet sinners (Proverbs 10:12, Titus 3:4-5).” Secondly, let’s be the dads who “put off words that discourage and lack faith (Colossians 4:6, Hebrews 3:12-13) and instead, put on the joy of the Lord which revives hope (Romans 15:13, Colossians 3:16).” Thirdly, let’s be the dads who “put off conversations that provoke discord (Jude 1:19, Romans 16:17-18) and instead, put on His peace, which passes understanding (James 3:18, Philippians 4:7).” Fourthly, let’s be the dads who “put off impatient words spoken in haste (Matthew 12:36, James 1:19) and instead, put on forbearance and esteem others higher (Colossians 3:12, Philippians 2:3).” Check out 9 Practical Ways to Wield the Power of Our Words to discover additional choices to make when it comes to your words.
We have each been given free will and so we get to choose not only what words we will use but how we will choose to use the power of words in and through our lives. Remember that it is true not only when speaking to others but also in our own self-talk that we say to ourselves. So let’s choose our words wisely!
Let’s be the dads who realize the power of words. Let’s be the dads who choose our words wisely because we know that from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks and as such we want to ensure that our words produce the rewards rather than needing to deal with the consequences of our words. Let’s remember that communication goes beyond just the spoken word but also the tone and body language while it is being said.
So how can we as dads put today’s verse of the day into practice? What applications can we put into play so that we can be the dads our wives, kids, and the world need us to be?
Applications of how to use our words based on Proverbs 18:21 to be the dads God created, purposed, and planned for us to be:
- Encouragement: Speak words of affirmation and encouragement to uplift and inspire your children. Build their confidence and instill a positive self-image.
- Instruction: Use words to teach and guide your children in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Provide them with practical life lessons and share biblical principles.
- Correction: Employ gentle and constructive words to correct your children when they make mistakes or exhibit negative behavior. Help them understand the consequences of their actions and encourage growth.
- Active Listening: Listen attentively to your children when they speak. Show genuine interest in their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Respond with empathy and understanding.
- Apology and Forgiveness: Teach the importance of apologizing and seeking forgiveness when you make mistakes or hurt your children with your words. Model humility and grace in reconciling relationships.
- Words of Love: Express your love for your children regularly. Tell them that you love them, value them, and are proud of them. Make your words of love a consistent presence in their lives.
- Gratitude: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and teach your children to appreciate the blessings in their lives. Use words of gratitude to express thankfulness to them and others.
- Prayer: Pray for and with your children. Use words of blessing, intercession, and gratitude in your prayers, seeking God’s guidance and protection over their lives.
- Communication: Foster open and honest communication with your children. Encourage them to share their thoughts, concerns, and dreams. Respond with respect, empathy, and understanding.
- Speaking Truth: Teach your children the importance of honesty and speaking truthfully. Use your words to uphold integrity and promote a culture of trust within your family.