Power of Words: Speaking with Kindness and Truth Youth Group Lesson Proverbs 18:21

Today, we’re diving into a powerful topic that is relevant to all of us: the power of words. As teenagers, you have a unique opportunity to influence the world around you through the words you speak. Our words have the potential to build up or tear down, to encourage or discourage, to bring life or to bring destruction. In this lesson, we will explore how speaking with kindness and truth aligns with our faith and enables us to make a positive impact on others. So let’s dive in and discover the power of our words!

I. Bible Reading: Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) “He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • Our words have the power to shape our lives. When we guard our lips, we are intentional about the words we choose to speak, understanding their impact.
  • Speaking rashly without considering the consequences can lead to ruin, damaging relationships and causing harm to ourselves and others.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever experienced the power of someone’s words, whether positive or negative? How did it make you feel?
  2. Can you think of any examples where speaking rashly or without considering the impact of words led to negative consequences?

II. Bible Reading: Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • The Apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of speaking in a way that builds others up and benefits them.
  • Our words should be helpful, encouraging, and considerate of others’ needs.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some examples of unwholesome talk that we should avoid?
  2. How can we ensure that our words are helpful and uplifting to others? Can you think of any practical ways?

III. Bible Reading: Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • Reckless and hurtful words have the power to wound deeply, causing pain and lasting scars.
  • On the other hand, wise and kind words can bring healing and restoration to broken relationships.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you think our words have the power to either wound or heal others?
  2. Can you share an experience where you witnessed the healing power of kind words?

Youth Group Game:

“Positive Word Scramble” Divide the group into teams and provide each team with a list of scrambled words related to kindness, encouragement, and truth. The teams must unscramble the words within a time limit. The team that unscrambles the most words correctly wins.

IV. Bible Reading: Matthew 12:36-37 (NIV) “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • Jesus reminds us that our words hold weight and significance. We will be held accountable for what we speak.
  • Our words have the power to bring blessings or consequences in our lives and in the lives of others.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. How does the knowledge that we will be held accountable for our words impact the way we should speak?
  2. What are some ways we can become more mindful and intentional about the words we choose to speak?

Closing Prayer:

Dear God, thank You for reminding us of the power of our words. Help us to speak with kindness, love, and truth. May our words reflect Your character and bring life and encouragement to those around us. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, that we may use our words to build up, heal, and glorify You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Remember, Youth Group, as we go out into the world, let’s strive to speak words that reflect the love and truth of Christ. Our words have the power to impact lives, so let’s use them to bring hope, healing, and positive change wherever we go.


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