Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. -Ephesians 4:29
Should Christians swear? A question I get asked and that I have asked in the past. However, Ephesians 4:29 puts this question into perspective for God’s children.
God’s word tells us that we should not “let foul or polluting language nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth”. When we allow ourselves to part take in speaking negativity we bring hurt and distruction into our lives and also to others. The scripture also teaches us not to speak negatively regarding others. Inatead it teaches us to use our words to be “good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it”.
Words canbe used to bless or tear down. Let us use our words to speak good and possitivty unto others and ourselves.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer. -Psalm 19:14
Matthew 8: 27-28
v.26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. v.27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”. -NIV
Sometimes the uncertainties of the future causes us to react as the disciples and have little to no faith. When looking at the road or the situation ahead we begin to doubt the God we serve. Instead of focusing on the journey, try shifting your focus on God.
Matthew 8: 28 says that “Even the winds and the waves obey him”. No matter what your going through or the uncertainties of the future, have faith knowing that God is in control and is working things out for you. He will rebuke the winds and the waves and calm the storms in your life.
–God’s love and goodness encircles us no matter what awaits us (Our Daily Bread Devotional, 2016)
“Don’t let others determine who you are or what you do. Don’t put your trust in the opinions of people. Stay confident in who God’s called you to be”. –Joyce Meyer
God never loses a battle. He has a definite battle plan, and when we follow Him, we will always win.-Joyce Meyer
Spend time counting your blessings, not airing your complaints
John 11:25-26 Says “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die”. Do you believe this?”
In John 11:17-27 Martha and Mary were mourning the loss of their brother Lazarus. Both Martha and Mary believed that if Jesus was present at the time of Lazarus’s passing, Jesus could have saved him in time.
However, Jesus assured both sisters and is assuring us (his followers) that he is “the resurrection and the life”. (vs 25). He makes it very clear to us that only when we believe in him and accept him into our lives, we will be saved. As children of God, it is important to remind ourselves that our earthly bodies are only temporary. God has appointed each and everyone of us a day and time in which he will call us home. But, he promises that when we believe in him we “shall never die”. (vs 26). Although we may die to the flesh, we will live in the spirit.
I encourage you as children of God to live a life on earth worthy of a life in eternality.
–Though life on earth ends for us, we continue to live forever and better in the next life where Jesus is”. (Daily Bread Devotional, 2016).
“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God”. -Aeschylus (526-455BC)
“God’s grace fills us with awe and gives us the opportunity to grow in wisdom during life’s most difficult moments….. Wisdom is grown in the soil of hardship”. (Our Daily Bread Devotion, 2016)
Don’t shy away from life’s most difficult moments but instead embrace them for what they are. Allow yourself the process of experiencing all that God wants for you and ask him to grant you endurance through it all. For the end result is much greater than the problem itself. Trust that God knows exactly what he is doing and is working it all out for you today.
-The darkness of trails only makes God’s grace shine brighter. (Our Daily Bread Devotion, 2016).