October Blog – A Little Encouragement Please

ImageThe Staple Singers and later Shirley Caesar sang a song some time ago that said,   “A tongue can accuse and bring bad news so be care of the stones that you throw.”

A careless word, a thoughtless deed, words spoken in haste; and then our apology goes something like “well I didn’t mean it or why you are so sensitive or don’t take it to take it personal.  All these and more contribute to brokenness not just the body of Christ but in relationships as a whole.  How many times have you said or done something to hurt a close friend or relative and once the words were said you wished you could somehow take them back, unfortunately, the damage has been done.  A violation of trust, a betrayal of friendship, words once spoken cannot be taken back and the lasting scar it leaves remains a constant reminder of something lost.  Thirty pieces of silver was the price for which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, according to the Gospel of Matthew 26:15  Before the Last Supper, Judas went to the chief priests and agreed to hand over Jesus in exchange for 30 silver coins.  His friend!  His teacher!  The one that loved him and that he professed an allegiance to.  The scriptures let us know, afterwards, he was filled with remorse and returned the money.  The ultimate betrayal is that of a friend.  Judas who had walked with Jesus, who had share the most intimate of conversations and was there for the most powerful acts of our Lord and Savior, turned his back and was responsible for the ultimate betrayal.  This betrayal came at the worst possible time, when Jesus was at his most venerable, as he faced the cross and death, a time when one would expect an encouraging word from those he was closest to, his disciples. The ones he had sown so much into.  Judas recognized the enormity of what he had done too late.  Too late to take it back, too late to fix it or even to change the outcome, the damage was done.  He could never get back what was lost in the few moments it took to betray Jesus.

We must always be aware that the power of life and death are in the tongue Proverbs 18:21.   Today I chose to speak love, joy, and the peace of Jesus into the lives of all I meet, into the lives of those I love and into the lives of those who most need love.  Who’s life have you spoken pain and discouragement into?  Who’s life have you spoken encouragement into?  What trust have you betrayed?  Think about it.

Prayer: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NIV

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