Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Our Words Can Hurt!

Read: James 3: 1-12

What we say to others can really hurt their feelings. We need to be very careful with what we say to others. Have you ever been called names? How did that make you feel? Have you ever called anyone names? How do you think that would make them feel? It makes God very sad when we say hurtful things to other people. He loves all people the same. Even if we don't like someone, God does. He loves that person just as much as He loves us. If we try to remember that, we may not want to say something mean to them. Remember that God loves you, and cares about how you feel.

© By M.S.Lowndes

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. - Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV)

Lord, help me never say
Words that hurt another
Help me always speak with words
That will uplift and encourage.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Monday, October 16, 2017

Worry Lines

Matthew 6:26-27, NIV: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

“Worry lines,” some have called them; those creases that form on the forehead and face. Who knows how true that expression really is? Perhaps worry was written on my face the day I went to share a concern with a friend. After I explained my problem, he wrote something on a piece of paper and handed it to me: “Worry is interest paid on a loan that is never taken out.” How do you respond to that? “It’s not worry; it’s concern!” Or you might say, “God is in control;” while holding your breath until, “all things work together.” But these are the true worry lines—lines we recite when our faith is failing—lines to convince ourselves and others that we are feeling more secure than we really are. Whether or not worry is sin, some may not agree. It provides no comfort, no solution, no rest. It is only good when it is let go. And only enabling when it is entrusted to God.

-Randy Chambers