Be Careful with Your Words

Let no harmful language come from your mouth, only good words that are helpful in meeting the need of the moment, words that will benefit those who hear them. Eph. 4:29

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” What a lie! Words can hurt deeply. The Bible cautions us to be careful what we say. Is it harmful? Will it help the current situation? Does it need to be said at this time? Will it benefit the hearers? It may be true, and it may feel good to say it, but it may be the wrong thing to say right then. Let’s let the Bible “clean up” our language.



God’s Goodness

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11

God wants to bless us. He wants to give good things to those who follow Him. The issue is, what is good? There are things that we think would be good but God knows that they will ultimately harm us. We have to trust Him. He sees the whole picture. Like a parent that limits how much candy their child eats, God knows that there are things we want that are not good for us. Trust Him that He is a giver of what is good for you. After all, He loves you.



We Are His Children

The Spirit Himself speaks to our spirits and makes us sure that we are God’s children.  Romans 8:16

Did you know that the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts?  He does!  One of the things He tells us is that we are Gods children.  Even after we confess our sins and follow Jesus, we can doubt our relationship with God.  We wonder if He really forgave and accepted us.  The Holy Spirit speaks to our spirits and confirms that God’s word is true and that He has adopted us into His family.  I am God’s child, not because I feel forgiven, but because God said so in His word and the Holy Spirit has testified to my heart the truth of His Word.



Do Not Love

Do not love…   I John 2:15

“All you need is love.”  We’ve heard it said (and sung) so many times.  We are told that love is the answer.  But do you know that there are some things that God says we shouldn’t love?  Yes!  There are some things that we are not to love.  Now, you’ll notice that I did not quote the whole verse.  I challenge you to look it up for yourselves and find out what God tells us not to love.  The whole passage is I John 2:15-17.  Find out for yourselves what God says.