It Starts With Words!


John Devotional


Read the biblical text: 1 John 3:18



Ask each family member to write six words on a piece of paper: three nice words and three nasty words. Don’t share your lists just yet.

Fill two bowls with snacks. One bowl should contain a sweet snack (chocolate) and the other bowl, a tangy snack (lemon candy). Then ask each family member to take turns reading a note from their list. Others have to guess whether it’s a nice word or a little sour. Once guessed correctly , everyone receives a chocolate or a lemon candy to “taste” the word.



The words we use make a difference. Words can be sour or sweet. They can hurt or repair relationships. Words can build people or demolish people.

Because our words are powerful, we must choose them carefully.

1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul urges believers to “encourage each other and build each other.”

When we choose good words, we give others a taste of God’s goodness.



  • Is it easier for you to think of kind or cruel words? Why ?
  • How do you feel when you share kind words?
  • How do you feel when you get nice words?
  • What can you do this week to replace cruel words with kind words?



God, help me to encourage others with words of life and to show them your love and kindness through concrete deeds.


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