Thursday, November 5, 2009
According to the Bible, our speech is an accurate barometer of our heart attitude!
Our speech exposes our true character as much as it does our individual personality. It reveals who we are, what we think, what we really desire, and what we believe. We are known by such things as the kind of jokes we tell, what we like to talk about, what we say when we are angry, what we complain about, or what topics inspire our most animated conversations. God warns us " By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Mat 12:37)
What a marvel that our own words are able to conemn us as hypocrites or justify (validate) us as true followers of Christ.
Read Luke 6:45
What is your speech like?
May we take heed to the scriptures and ask the Lord to identify an area we are failing at so that we can be more effective for Christ.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Practicing Biblical forgiveness is foundational to a peaceful marriage, home, and church life. The act of openly asking for forgiveness and graciously forgiving has the following effect.
*Keeps us humble and unselfish
*Promotes intimacy among family members
*Provides the right atmosphere for developing tolerance and understanding between family members.
*Promotes a loving, safe haven for growth and acceptance.
*Provides divine healing which is available in no other context