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Ephesians 4:29; Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 12:18; James 1:26; Proverbs 18:21
- Axe or hatchet
You may want to anchor the log to the floor to keep it from moving.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” Do you believe it? Well many people say that and try to act like words don’t hurt them, but in reality words do cut like a knife.
Have we ever said something that hurt someone? I think we all probably have at some point in our lives. James talks a lot about the power of the tongue and how dangerous it really is. In Psalm 34:13 it says that we should keep out tongue from saying evil things.
(Take a couple of chops into the log. Be careful that you don’t hit anyone with the chips.)
Sometimes we say things that are hurtful and then we say that we are “just kidding.” That is kind of like chopping into this log (take a couple more chops into the log) and then telling it that I was just kidding.
The damage has already been done. We need to be very careful with our words, because they cut even deeper than this axe does. The Bible tells us often to encourage others. Are our words encouraging to others?
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Hebrews 10:24; Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 13:1
- Two knives
(Pull out both knives and sharpen them together as a chef would do.)
Have you ever seen anyone do this before? What are they doing? (Wait for answers.) They are sharpening the knife. If you slide two knives together at the right angle they will actually sharpen each other!
In Proverbs 27:17 it says that friends sharpen each other just like knives can sharpen each other. Did you know that just like iron sharpens iron you can help to sharpen your friends and they can help to sharpen you? You won’t get a sharp edge on you, but you will be closer to God and more courageous and ready to follow God.
How do we sharpen each other? By praying together. By talking about the things that we face and encouraging each other. Sometimes just knowing that someone else is facing the same things that you are makes you feel stronger.
As followers of Jesus we are supposed to go in to the world and share His love with those that are lost, but it is very important that we also have some good friends that follow Jesus that can help to keep us sharp.
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