Day 10 - Pauses for Lent - Words


Today’s Scripture:  Matthew 12:36

Words do matter.  We will be held to account for our words.  The words that we use to others, about others and to and about ourselves have such power.  The right or wrong word at the right or wrong time can have lasting effects.  Choose your words carefully.  The book of James reminds us:  My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry. (James 1:19 CEV) In Ephesians we are told: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29 ESV).  Scripture is replete with admonitions on how carefully we need to choose and use our words.  Are you choosing yours carefully?  Are you in the habit of building others up with your words or do you tear them down?  Are you talking to or about others in a way that you would want them to talk to or about you?  Are you talking to them or about them in a way that is pleasing to God?

Take time today to ask God to soften your words.  If you have hurt with your words, ask for forgiveness.  If you have been hurt by words, forgive.  When you have to talk about the hard things in life, whatever they may be, remember: Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6)  Practice the habit of listening.  Practice the habit of kind words.  Speak about and to others as Jesus would have you do.
A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up. CEV - Proverbs 15:1
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. - Blaise Pascal

Rev. Jason Zebert serves as Pastor at Bradley Chapel and Bethany UMC as well as on the Conference Staff an Project Coordinator/Office Administrator in the Faith Community Formation Office.

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