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1 Peter 4:11a "Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God" NASB

Words are funny. They are free; they are easy to deliver. Most of us don't have to labor to speak. Words just flow out of our mouths effortlessly. The funny thing is - words, as easy and free as they are, can leave lasting impressions. They can harm; they can damage one's self-esteem for life. Once a word is spoken, it's left its mark. We can't erase what we said. We can't un-speak a word. Once said, it's out there and its power can change the course of one's life.

I have to confess that I've abused this power of speech. I've said many things I wish I could take back. I have thrown words into the world that were not living and edifying but rather harmful and destructive. I've lost friendships over words. So going forward and with the Lord's help I'm trying to be more intentional about what I say, looking at words as being either living or dying.

Living words are edifying. The reflect God's character in that they love, give, forgive, encourage and build up. They respect differences and embrace the uniqueness of every individual. When living words are spoken, people are blessed and their lives are changed in a positive way.

The opposite of living words are dying words. These are the words that tear people down and can profoundly affect people in a negative way. They don't breathe life into people but do just the opposite. They draw life out of people, destroy dreams and diminish hope.

Every day, we have a choice in the words we speak. May we, as Christians choose living words. May we ask the Holy Spirit to help us choose only words that reflect Christ's character. You never know how your words impact others. I pray that we will all be more mindful and speak living words today!

Contributed By: Jayne Fenimore

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The Verse of the Day For
Monday, June 18, 2018

  • Bible Reading
  • Hebrews 12:7-11
  • It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
  • NASB
  • Devotional Reflection Thought
  • I surrender to you Jesus. You are my Lord.
  • Name Of God
  • Isaiah 9:6
  • One Year Bible Reading Guide
  • Hebrews 11, 12 & 13; Psalms 55
  • Bible Trivia Question
  • Category: Book of Isaiah
    Question: Isaiah was the son of ________.
    • Amoz
    • Baldon
    • Elihu
    • Jeremiah
    See Answer