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Use your words for good



'I will...teach you what to say.' Exodus 4:12 NIV

What we say, and how we say it, is really important. Our words are meant to be 'used for good'. The Bible says: 'Therefore encourage one another and build each other up' (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV). Jesus spoke with compassion far more often than he spoke with confrontation. The Bible tells us that by 'speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ' (Ephesians 4:15 NIV).

It's also good to remember that there are times to speak and times to remain quiet. Our words, however we intend them, won't always be helpful. We need to pray before we speak into people's situations. We need to make sure we're speaking helpful, godly things that will not only build up, but bring life to situations that seem broken and dry. When Ezekiel was given a prophetic vision of dry bones in a valley, he was also given the words to speak: 'Prophesy to these bones and say to them, "Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life"' (Ezekiel 37:4-5 NIV).

God always gives words that bring life and encouragement into situations. Are we ready to speak his words?

So what now? God says, "I will... teach you what to say' (Exodus 4:12 NIV). Ask God for his words in every situation, and use them to build up, not break down. Use your words for good.

Soulfood: Isa 4-7, Matt 10:1-10, Ps 100, Pro 3:7-8

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