17 Feb Relationship Weekend | Service Notes
1. Relationships grow in a culture of honor
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
The English Standard Version says:
Outdo one another in showing honor
2. Relationships are framed by the power of your words
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.