22 Oct Our Words Have Power!
Read Jude 1:1-2
Thought for the Day: As Christians, we are here to bless others!
How often do we take time to consider the impact our words have on others? In our ME-first society, it is countercultural to start with kindness and empathy. Too often, we can find ourselves pulled into division and using words to tear others down rather than taking the time to bless others. However, as Christians, we are here to bless those we come into contact with. Our words have power.
In one of the shortest books of the Bible (the Epistle of Jude), the author begins with a powerful statement: “May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” Think about this for a moment. Jude is a letter defending the Christian faith and urging Christians to persevere. However, it does not begin with a statement like “May you always have the right words to prove others wrong and show them up.” Instead, Jude begins with a blessing of mercy, peace, and love…
Put practically, let’s take time starting right now to evaluate the conversations we have with others. If we are honest with ourselves, our conversations start from a place of blessing others far less than they should. But, rather than feeling guilty about this, let’s focus on three words in our minds and then start over: Am I showing mercy right now? Am I spreading peace right now? Am I living out Jesus’ love right now? Our words have the power to make a difference.
As followers of Jesus, we have an incredible opportunity to be part of God’s solution in our world. Today and each day, let’s use our words to bless others!
Pastors Stan and David