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It is very important to understand that our words can act as our greatest tools for ministry and friendship; or our greatest weapons for injury and destruction.  Since our tongues are such a powerful tool, we could really impact our culture for Christ.  This political cycle has simply magnified the reality of the use of words in battle.  From Trump’s attacks on fellow candidates to Hillary’s email scandal—there is little doubt that words have meaning and misuse can cause injury.

As God’s ambassadors, our words need to be truthful, kind and uplifting as much as possible.  So little is left in our culture that promotes those traits.  Our words, however, can best reflect our spirit.  Remember the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. If our daily conversation is “Fruitful”, we will stand out from the rest of the culture.

This weekend, take time to reflect on what leaves your mouth—Is it fruit of the Spirit or the remains of a culture gone amuck.  If the former, then praise and thank God for being Lord of your tongue; if the latter, ask him to guide your heart so your conversation matches your ambassadorship! It is a challenge—but, it is one our Lord will gladly assist you with.

God Bless You

Like clouds and wind without rain     is one who boasts of gifts never given.

15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,     and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

16 If you find honey, eat just enough—     too much of it, and you will vomit. 17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—     too much of you, and they will hate you.

18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow     is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor. 19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot     is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble. 20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,     or like vinegar poured on a wound,     is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;     if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,     and the Lord will reward you.

23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain     is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.

24 Better to live on a corner of the roof     than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

25 Like cold water to a weary soul     is good news from a distant land.