Pride & Control

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. (Proverbs 19:20) 
You’ve heard the expression, “no man is an island.”
Be careful not to get isolated emotionally during the trials of life. 
Feelings seem like facts when we are upset.
When we don’t allow others to give us feedback, our blindspots don’t get called out!
It’s pride to think we always know what to do or no one understands our situation like we can.
Lord, your voice has often come through the people around me. Forgive me for any pride or control that has prevented the help you send. 
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. (Proverbs 15:22
When I read this devotion I knew it would hit close to home for many of us. I pray after reading this short but powerful devotion that you are honest with yourself and with God about how much pride and control you have been choosing to hold tightly to. Let go and Let God.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

How to Change a Life

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)

Sometimes our lives can change in a moment through the powerful impact of others. Well-chosen words can give us hope, even change the course of our lives. I’m sure most of us could share stories of a conversation that forever impacted our lives—words from a teacher that changed the way we saw the world, words of encouragement that restored our confidence, gentle words from a friend that carried us through a difficult time.

Perhaps this is why the book of Proverbs spends so much time emphasizing our responsibility to treasure words and use them wisely. Scripture never treats speech as if it’s “just talk.” Instead, we are taught that our words can have life-or-death consequences (18:21). In just a few words we could crush someone’s spirit, or, through words of wisdom and hope, nourish and strengthen others (15:4).

We each can seek God’s wisdom to serve others through our speech (Psalm 141:3). With just a few well-chosen words, God can use us to change a life.

Lord, help us never to take for granted the powerful gift of language. May we use our words wisely to heal and strengthen others and point to the hope we have in You. Amen.

This devotion blessed me so so much because just this morning as I was spending time with The Lord I was listening to a powerful sermon and it was about this very thing. The minister said, The tongue could be the best thing in the world or the worst thing in the world because the power of life and death are in the tongue, Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof, Proverbs 18:21. It can be the best thing in your life or the worst thing in your life and it depends on how you use it. What you speak, weather you show mercy and you show love your tongue will either become the most wonderful thing or the worst thing. Bridle your tongue and allow God to use you to change a life for the good. Show mercy and love, even to those you feel don’t deserve it and watch the impact you will make. God is watching and He will bless you for showing mercy, love and forgiveness. Be careful with your words.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Proverbs 15:4; 16:24; 18:21