Bible Ballistics: BBs #159   Lifting Up OR Tearing Down???

Just a brief word of encouragement and challenge to end this week: Are we lifting others up with our words? Or are we tearing others down with our words? Scripture is replete with examples of those who use their words to damage the hearts and minds of those around them. If you wrestle with this issue I encourage you to set a goal for this summer. Starting today (with todays day number) read a chapter of Proverbs a day for the next 4 months (there are 31 chapters, so you’ll read a chapter a day each day of the month). It will amaze you the things that begin to settle into your heart and mind, and the consciousness it will bring to your speech and actions.

But I want us to look at a passage from Ephesians today. It is a passage that I used when my children were young, to help them learn to get along.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,

but that which is good

to the use of edifying,

that it may minister grace

unto the hearers. 

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,

whereby ye are sealed

unto the day of redemption. 

31 Let all bitterness,

and wrath,

and anger,

and clamour,

and evil speaking,

be put away from you,

with all malice 

32 And be ye kind one to another,

tenderhearted,

forgiving one another,

even as God

for Christ’s sake

 hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:29-32

Kind of speaks for itself doesn’t it? Why would Paul call Christians, believers in Jesus, to be aware of their speech and actions? Because even when we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we still live this life in a body of flesh that is always trying to distract us from our Lord. We must consciously seek to remember:

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh…….. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16 & 25

Every day is a challenge to “walk in the Spirit”—but a challenge that we can meet with God’s help. Just try these few simple pointers from scripture:

“...run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” Portions of Hebrews 12:1-2

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13