Here is your devotional:
Do your words encourage others, or put them down?
By Kaylee Harris
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Do any of you have siblings? Well, I have 6… all younger than me. At the end of a long day at school the last thing I want to come home to is “Sissy, will you play Barbie’s?” or “Sissy, why is the sky blue and not pink?” My brothers and sisters truly test all of my limits every single day. As much as I want to scream at the top of my lungs “LEAVE ME ALONE” and lock myself in my room… I don’t. There are so many times when I want to call them ugly names or be mean… but when it comes down to it, I am their hero…cooler than Mom and Dad but old enough to be the boss too. If I say things that tear them down or hurt their feelings no one benefits.
So, regardless of weather you have siblings or not… Watch your tone and words. Only let joyful things come from your mouth. Remind yourself of the simple golden rule of “Treat others how you want to be treated.” (Luke 6:31) Treat others with respect, and respect and joy are sure to follow.
It is easy to say uplifting things to your friends. What kind of things do you say to people you do not like?
Today, pretend that the words you say are to God. What would HE think about being called stupid for asking a question in class?
Dear Lord, Today help me think about what I say before I say it. I realize words are like toothpaste…once they come out, you can’t put them back in. Help me to say words that bring joy to others and make me a joy to be around. Forgive me where I have failed you Lord, and help me to bring glory to You and Your kingdom. I love you Father.
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