DAY 1 of 40
ACTION ITEM TODAY: Assess how many negative words, thoughts, and phrases you use, and then start pausing before you speak, react, or snap. Today we MEDITATE on GOD’s WORDS.
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WORDS. We think words, hear words, speak words, sing words, write words, and read words—all the time. Every day. What do words have to do with Christianity? Almost everything. At every stage in redemptive history—from the time before time, to God’s creation, to man’s fall, to Christ’s redemption, and to the coming consummation—“God is there and he is not silent.”God’s words decisively create, confront, convict, correct, and comfort. By his words he both interprets and instructs.
Words carry immeasurable significance: The universe was created with a word; Jesus healed and cast out demons with a word; rulers have risen and fallen by their words; Christians have worshiped through words of song, confession, and preaching. Even in our technological age, politics, education, business, and relationships center on words.
Since the tongue is such a powerful force-for good or evil-we are wise to ask: What would homes, churches, schools, even the public square be like if we used words with Christian intentionality and eloquence? – excerpt from desiringGod.org