November 22 “Your words: blessing or cursing?”

scoldingIf someone had to describe what comes out of your mouth in one word, would it be blessing or cursing?

Today’s Readings:
Ezekiel 35 & 36
Psalm 131.1-3
Proverbs 29.2-3
James 3.1-18

 

Ezekiel 35 & 36:

A picture of the New Covenant

Chapter 36.24-27 is a beautiful picture of the new covenant:

24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

This will be fulfilled for the Nation of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom, but we already enjoy much of these same blessings with the new birth and its new covenant.

 

Psalm 131.1-3:

Grace for the humble

Verse 1, “LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me.”

Humility is one of the characteristics that should characterize a believer. God says He resists the proud (Jas. 4.6) and that a proud look is one of the things He hates (Prov. 6.16-17), but He gives grace to the humble (Jas. 4.6).

Let’s pray that we would recognize pride in our lives and learn to humble ourselves under His mighty hand.

 

Proverbs 29.2-3:

Loving wisdom

Verse 3, “Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.”

What a joy it is to see your children grow up and live lives filled with God’s wisdom and grace! And what a grief it is to see them waste their lives, talents, and resources, and especially, to see them ignore the truths of God which they have been taught.

 

parenting, mother scolding her son with pointed fingerJames 3.1-18:

Blessing and cursing

Oh, the tongue … how much damage we can do with that little member! But especially damaging is someone who claims to be a believer, and yet makes no effort to control her tongue.

“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh” (vv. 10-13).

If someone had to describe what comes out of your mouth in one word, would it be blessing or cursing?

Let’s purpose to follow Ephesians 4.29:

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from our mouths, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (NASB)

And by doing so bring glory to our God!

Blessings,
Donna

 

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8 thoughts on “November 22 “Your words: blessing or cursing?”

  1. I’m glad I found you today at Weekend Brew. You sure are connected to a lot of bloggers. What you say is good for the soul. The sign of a true heart transplant is good speech. Thank you for the reminder. ~Chris~

    • You’re so right. Words are more powerful than we can imagine, with the power to encourage or to discourage, or worse. Thanksgiving blessings!

    • Kaylene,
      Forgive me for taking so long to get to your comment. Thanksgiving was very busy for me. Hope yours was good. And thank you for your kind words.
      Donna

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