Kindness, grace, and favor. An essential trilogy of attributes we need in our lives! Kindness is something we need for ourselves, as well as to extend to others. Grace, in relation to God, is His unmerited divine assistance and power. Favor is a friendly gesture, gracious kindness, or a special privilege. Definitely things we need in our lives everyday!
Here’s your inspiration for this Tuesday…
“Grace is God’s power coming to us free of charge
to help us do with ease
what we could never accomplish on our own.
Grace is freeing!
I cannot make myself acceptable to all people,
and neither can you,
but we can believe God will give us favor
with the people He wants us involved with.
Sometimes we try to have relationships with people
God does not even want us to be associated with.
Know who we are in Christ sets us free
from the need to impress others.
Once we know who we are and accept ourselves,
we no longer have anything to prove.
If God is for you, who can be against you?”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
Extending kindness is such a simple gesture, yet typically reaps great rewards.
I know I usually pray everyday thanking God for His grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness.
And I pray for His divine favor on a regular basis, because I’ve experienced answers to prayer that have no other explanation than being God’s grace and favor.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you had experiences that are obviously results of someone’s grace or favor?
Do you endeavor to extend grace and favor to others?
Speak words of edification. Positive, uplifting words build us up–they don’t tear us down. Just as we appreciate hearing words of edification, we should endeavor to affirm and build up others, as well. It’s important to speak kind words–and never allow unkind words to escape our lips.
Here’s your Monday inspiration (I was delayed in posting again yesterday)…
“Every time you think anything good about anyone,
verbalize it. People cannot read your mind.
Your thoughts have power and may affect
another’s confidence level in a minor way,
but your words can really
lift them up and encourage them.
All people need affirmation,
especially those who
have been emotionally wounded
or hurt by someone.
We have more power than we realize we do.
We can help people!
Right words spoken at the right time
have the power to heal.
Not only are right words spoken at the right time
good for others, they are also good for us.
We experience joy in building others up.
God made you to be a blessing.
Start being what you were made to be
and you will start receiving
what you are meant to receive!”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
This has been an ongoing theme recently, especially during this hostile political climate. Words are so powerful and can definitely hurt–the old adage about “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” — SO not true!
I can still remember unkind, hateful words spoken to me YEARS ago, even some from childhood. I have recovered better from a broken neck than from the damage done by some of these words!
Speaking edifying, kind, positive words is crucially important to prevent those kinds of lifelong bad memories and emotional and mental damage.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you agree in the power of words, for good or bad?
Have you been hurt by unkind words, and does the damage still affect you?
For good or bad…
Seriously, are your words dirty? We really need to pay attention to the words we speak because of the impact they can have on those who hear them. Words that are “dirty” can have long-lasting effects.
No, I’m not talking about nasty, vulgar swear words, profanity, and curses – most of us really do know it’s best NOT to use that kind of language.
I’m referring to those words that might be just “slightly” off-color, sarcastic, rude, and otherwise NOT encouraging, uplifting, nor beneficial to the people who hear them. I have to admit – I’m guilty of them every so often. I think it’s worse when I’m tired, run down, discouraged, or simply allowing circumstances to get the best (worst?) of me.
So in case you’re wondering how I got the idea of “dirty” words not being the kind of words you normally categorize that way – there are a few verses between Ephesians 4:28 to 5:4 that are quite emphatic about corrupt (impure, dirty) words.
Here’s my paraphrased version of those few verses:
Don’t let corrupt words leave your mouth, but rather only words that build up and encourage, to impart grace to the hearers.
Put away bitterness, wrath, anger, loud arguing, and evil words. Be kind and forgiving toward one another.
Don’t even let filthiness, foolish talking or coarse joking be attributed to you.
Keep your words soft and tender
because tomorrow you may have to eat them.
If everybody thought before they spoke,
the silence would be deafening.
I just wish my mouth
had a backspace key.
It’s far too easy to lash out with words that would be better left unsaid, especially since – unfortunately – it’s usually the people we love the most who end getting hurt by our sometimes careless, thoughtless words.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you ever given any thought to avoiding “dirty” words as defined here?
Have you ever said something and instantly regretted it, because you couldn’t take it back?