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What is it with Words?

How often have you stood in line at the grocer only to grumble about the line? Do you think the clerk felt better about your words? What if you had laughed with the woman behind you instead? How would the grocerother people have responded? A lot of the way we interact with others and show them the love of Jesus is with words. We might never get a second chance to show our faith.

Words tell others how we feel. They can make a woman blush or a man curl his fists, ready to fight. Words can hurt. They can cause one to love or hate.

Words can also turn others away from Jesus.

How important are our words? In Judges 11:30-31, Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering. What came out of his door? His daughter, an only child.

Sibling RivalryWe must be careful of our words. We can volunteer for things we do not want to do, then feel miserable the entire time we complete the task.

How often have you said something you’ve regretted? Sometimes our words tumble out faster than our brains work. We end up saying things we never intended, wishing to swallow those words back. But once they’re out, it’s too late.

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 Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. ― Patrick Rothfuss, Author

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Our words can show humility or they can show pride. They can fix a marriage or break it. They can build up a little boy or destroy him. We all must be careful how we use our words. Before we speak, we should ask “Will what I say help this other person or harm them?” I know it’s hard at times, but that is what God wants us to do. To love others without condemnation.

So the next time you find yourself in a situation where your words are needed, help instead of hurt. Show others Jesus through the words you use each day. Offer kindness instead of anger. Patience instead of irritation. Raise people up instead of cutting them down.

You never know who’s listening to you speak, so be God’s example of love instead of Satan’s example of hate. You might discover those kind words are helping the person looking back at you in the mirror more than anyone else.

If you or someone you know are in need of prayer this week, please let us know. We’d be more than happy to pray for you.

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The other day while listening to the radio, I overheard someone say God loves you where you are, but is excited about where you are going. Isn’t that a great thought? To know that God loves us no matter what and that He expects so much from us.difference

It shows His faith in us.

He doesn’t want us to stand still. We should always be moving and growing. We should change with each day of our journey with Jesus. 2 Peter 3:18 tells us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!

God wants to use us in His plans. He can’t do that if we stand still. We must constantly be growing in our knowledge and in our pursuit to become a better person. A better Christian. It’s not only what our Father expects of us, but what we should expect of ourselves.

Our relationship with Jesus should be stronger each day. In order for this to happen, we must do certain things. Here are three to get you started:

  1. Read the Bible. This is the best way to get to know God. This is our guidebook, as Christians, and should be used daily.
  2. We need to hang with other Christians. Join a small group at church or form your own. This is very important because too many times others try to turn us from Jesus. Having strong Christian friends will keep you from being pulled apart.
  3. Have patience with yourself. Too many times we expect to become sin free when we become a Christian. That doesn’t happen. In fact, we will always sin, that’s human nature. We, however, should strive to do better. So don’t beat yourself up if you mess up. God is a forgiving God, and he will forgive you if you are sincere when you ask.

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I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again, and that’s my belief. I still don’t know what ‘Christian’ means. I’m a follower of Christ, but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness. – Sherri Shepherd

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BibleWe must grow spiritually each day with Jesus if we want to become more Christlike. That is our goals as Christians. While we will never obtain perfection, we can still be a glowing example of Jesus Christ by being kind to others, giving of our time to help others, and by praying for others.

The more time you spend with God, the more you will grow in your faith. It’s like anything else. It takes practice. And in order to get knowledgeable, you have to continue to learn. So open your Bible daily, get together with other Christians, and get ready to see just how far this walk with Jesus will take you. And remember, God’s faith in us is just as strong as our faith should be in Him.

If you or someone you know are in need of prayer this week, please let us know. We’d be more than happy to pray for you.

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