Verse of the Day


"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

~Ephesians 4:29-32


Today's Devotional Thought

October 06, 2010 by Wendy Foreman



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Extending Grace

God’s riches at Christ expense.

If you take the first letter of each of those words it spells GRACE. When we came to Jesus Christ and asked him into our hearts and lives we were extended grace. God saw past and forgave us of all the sins and ugliness in our lives.

When we come in contact with others who perhaps do not have a relationship with the Lord how do we see them? How do we talk to them? Do we find ourselves maybe judging them on things that we know they’ve done or do we see them through the eyes of Jesus?

The first verse we read today tells us that we need to say only what will build others up. We need to share the love of God with everyone we come in contact with. And that can be anything from a smile to an encouraging word to a scripture verse. We do not need to be pointing out negative things or tearing them down. Rather, we need to share with them the same grace we were given through Jesus Christ. Because showing others love, compassion and grace will draw them closer to Christ.

In the verses we are looking at today we see several negative behaviors that would grieve the Holy Spirit. Grieving the Holy Spirit: what do you think that means? It means when our negative actions and behaviors afflict the Holy Spirit with deep sorrow. These actions can be bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander, and malice. Looking at the definitions of these words I was saddened at the fact that many of us display them and by doing so, we grieve the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, I don’t think we necessarily always look at how terrible these behaviors are and how they can ruin our testimony for Christ and turn others away from Him. The words that Paul lists in these verses can mean anything from intense anger to creating a disturbance or dissension among others, attacking one another or being mean and malicious to others.

If these are behaviors in our lives currently then we need to evaluate our behaviors and get them in line with those that show the love of Christ. We are to be ambassadors for Christ. We need to represent Him everywhere we go and if we are displaying the above negative behaviors then we are grieving the Holy Spirit and disappointing our Lord As we see in the verse that follows, we NEED to display kindness, compassion and forgiveness. These behaviors are the behaviors we learn from our Lord and when we are in His word and seeking his direction and wisdom, these behaviors are the ones that will dwell in us and be displayed to all that we come in contact with.

I trust today that you will stop and do an honest evaluation of yourself. How do others see you? Do they see you as loving, compassionate and forgiving or do they see you as someone who displays anger, bitterness and malice? Friends, if you call yourself a Christian, then you should be displaying love, compassion, grace and forgiveness. That is what God has extended to us, so we in turn should extend it to others.


Memorize this verse today:

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
~Ephesians 4:29-32



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