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2023 12 04

Good morning.

Our words help us do many good things. We can love, encourage, advise, and teach those around us. We use them to talk to our heavenly Father, speak the truth of Scripture and sing praises to Jesus Christ. 

However, our voices also have the power to do great harm. Harsh words may feel good, even justified at times. But they never bring about what God desires because, in the end, they aren’t life-giving.

"The tongue has the power of life and death."  (Proverbs 18:21)  "Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."  (Proverbs 16:24)

Jesus teaches us that “the good person out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good … for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart” (Luke 6:45). So, while negative feelings and speech may arise in us from time to time, it is important to pause and deal with what's really causing those harsh words.

Pray that the Lord will soften our heart and increase our capacity for kindness.

This week let's practice pausing before we react/respond and consider whether our words will encourage or break down. "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."  (Romans 12:18)


Mike and Daphne

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