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Saturday, May 14, 2011

THE POWER OF WORDS


The Power of Words


 

Bible Verse:

Ephesians 4:29 (ESV) - 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.


Additional Bible Readings:

Proverbs 12:18; Proverbs 11:13; Psalm 19:14; James 3:5,6


Devotion:

Words are powerful. With words we can build up our Christian brother and sister, encouraging them to use their gifts and abilities to become all that God created them to be. With words we can foster positive self-talk in others, laying the foundation for wholesome character development and confident living. With words we can bring healing and comfort to hurting hearts, infusing them with hope and trust in the grace, mercy, and providence of God.


Words, on the other hand, can gravely hurt another. Words can cause pain and destruction, dishonoring God and harming others. May our gracious Father create clean hearts within us so that the powerful words we speak may represent Jesus Christ to those who hear.

Prayer:
Dear Father, I confess that I have sinned with words I have spoken. May the words of my mouth be acceptable in your sight, O Lord.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 Challenge:
Ask forgiveness from someone who has been harmed by your hurtful words.

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