2nd March 2015
‘Encourage one another and build each other up.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
‘Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ This vicious lie is impossible to believe, for we have all been wounded deeply by something said to us.
Our words can also have a powerfully positive effect on people. We can help people tremendously with just a few thoughtful words. A kind word at the right moment can make all the difference in their world.
It is easier to be negative and critical. When we speak like this, we often push others down just to lift ourselves up. Insecurity and selfishness combine to result in poisonous, destructive words. This is natural for all of us, but as members of God’s community who are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can speak differently.
Question to consider
How can you become a more consistent source of encouragement to those around you?
Pray that as a Spirit-filled person, God will help you to offer a kind word at the right moment and make a difference in someone’s life.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
Posted by King's Church London
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.