Tag Archive | family of god

Proverbs 15:1 ” A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Romans 12:17 tells us to, “not repay anyone evil for evil”…and I Corinthians 13:6 reminds us that,  “Love doesn’t delight in evil.”   The war of words is waged on a bloody battlefield… with many casualties and walking wounded that never recover from the pain inflicted by unkind and caustic words.  When we simply take a moment and answer a mean verbal attack with kindness instead…it defuses the situation immediately…for we deprive the enemy of  ammunition.

Romans 15:17-19 ” Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done – by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit.”

When your motive of ministry to others is true…it is not only empowered by the Holy Spirit, but it’s powerful… impacting the total person.  Your ministry doesn’t just tickle them with feel good, wishy-washy  platitudes…it challenges them to a higher calling.  The Christian journey should be an ever upwards climb filled with trials and tests that make us better…not a passive, apathetic walk where we are left weak and ineffective for the Lord.

Proverbs 12:25 ” An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”

You can ask my husband, I intentionally engage checkout clerks, wait staff and anyone else who may be helping me.  I am polite and courteous,  asking how their day is going and allowing them to talk.  I ask thoughtful questions and encourage them with kind-hearted words.   The other day I was speaking to a sleepy looking cashier at a large retail store…come to find out he had worked until 1am and was back again at 4am for his next shift.  Sadly, we become so focused on our own agenda…our own needs…our own impatience – that we totally forget that it’s another human being standing in front of us, with their own story.   I challenge you this holiday season to give a kind word to all those assisting you…for you don’t know how it may cheer them up.

Joel 2: 25 ” I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-“

For many, life has been hard.  Years have been lost to bad choices, addictions, and the consequences caused by other people’s decisions.  We can’t but feel that our life has been robbed of  time.   But the Lord is telling us in this Scripture that He will completely fulfill those lost years…allowing us to reclaim the happiness and contentment…the peace and security that we thought we’d never have again.   For He is the God of redemption –  accomplishing the impossible,  and bringing to pass the unimaginable in our lives.

Proverbs 14:1 ” The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

In most households,  it’s either a mother or grandmother who’s  the glue that holds the family together.  They’re in charge of holiday dinners and celebrations, complete with all the family favorites and traditional foods passed down from generation to generation.  But when they pass, many customs and practices can cease,  unless the younger ones are willing to take up the mantle and carry on.  Are you your family’s glue?  You’re building your legacy with your own hands…strengthening and uniting your household  and extended family into one.  Keep up the good job!

Job 6: 2-3 ” Then Job replied: ‘If only my anguish could be weighted and all my misery be placed on the scales! It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas – no wonder my words have been impetuous.’ “

The words of desperation, grief, and discouragement are heavy…they weigh us down to the point we can hardly breathe.  This oppressiveness is only compounded by impulsive, frantic actions as we search for answers.  It doesn’t help either if we’re sleep deprived.  Sometimes the very best thing you can pray for is peace and rest.  When our minds and bodies are frenetic,  balance and reason can go out the window.  Asking the Lord for peace, hope, and sleep can bring us back into alignment.

Mark 3: 31-33 ” Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call Him. A crowd was sitting around Him, and they told Him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for You.’ ‘Who are My mother and My brothers?’ He asked.”

The crowds were getting larger and larger that followed Jesus and His disciples.  In these verses, many have crammed themselves into a private home to hear Jesus teach.  No wonder Jesus’ family sent word into the house they were outside wanting to see Him…there was no way they could get into the packed house!  When Jesus asked this question, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”  He wasn’t showing disrespect, but rather saw it as a teachable moment. The story goes on in verses 34-35, ” Then He looked at those seated in a circle around Him and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers!  Whoever does God’s Will is My brother and sister and mother.”  Jesus wanted the crowd huddled around Him to see that they were just as highly regarded to Him as part of  “The Family of God”  as His own kin were.