In 2 Corinthians 3:2-3, Paul describes the lives of believers in the churches where he had preached Christ and taught the Word as living letters…”a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” In last week’s devotional we saw that our words are the overflow of what’s happening in our heart and mind. We must guard what we allow into our mind. We need to make it a habit to renew our minds daily in the Word of God. When God’s Word is pressed into our heart and mind, the overflow will be words of life.
What is being written on your heart each day and what are you writing on the hearts of those around you?
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. —Proverbs 18:21
Are the words you speak bringing life to those around you? Or death?
Practical ways we can speaking life to our families and those around us:
- Pray for the Lord to set a guard over your tongue, to renew your mind in Truth, and to give you a spirit of humility.
- Pray God’s Word for your family as you go about your day serving them—while doing laundry, preparing meals, changing diapers, doing homework, etc.
- Give encouragement and instruction using the Word.
- Point back to Christ and bring God’s Word into every conversation possible. In your family life, make discussions about the character of God—who He is and what He has done—a familiar habit.
- Surround yourself visually with the Word of God (hand-lettered framed verses, Scriptures on whiteboards/chalkboards, Scripture wallpapers for your phone or digital device, index cards to keep in the car, etc…)
- Leave notes in your child’s lunch/bookbag offering a word of encouragement or instruction from the Word of God.
- Text a Scripture to someone in need letting them know you are praying that Word for them.
- At home, talk about the things of God and how God is working in your life as you go about your day—at the breakfast and dinner table, driving in the car, or during family devotions/discussions.
Take some time to read through the following verses and note what you learn about God’s Word. Read the verse and then complete the following phrase:
His Words are…
- Hebrews 4:12
- Ephesians 1:3
- Psalm 119:89
- Psalm 18:30
- Psalm 33:4
- Psalm 19:7
- Romans 15:4
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Take time to speak life words to someone today. May the letter of your life others are reading be one that is life-giving and gospel-centered always pointing people to Jesus!
Rejoicing in Him!
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