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Sticks & stones!

Careless talk costs lives‘ (Anon)

During the second world war, there were many propaganda posters produced by the government, with the purpose of encouraging people to be more careful in many areas of their lives.

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Some posters were designed to get people to be less wasteful, and some to warn them that not everywhere is safe to talk, hence, ‘Careless talk costs lives‘ (Anon).

Propaganda can be used for both good and bad purposes, but during the war, it was used to get people to think positively about situations that they were involved in, and what they did.

We need to remember, that whatever we do, has consequences. Whenever we open our mouth, we should always think first, and put our ‘brain into gear’. Anything that we say has power; power to do good, or the power to cause harm to people.

In the playground, we used to say;

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

This is not true, yes sticks and stones may hurt us and cause us physical harm, but words cut deep and hurt us emotionally.

We need to use our words properly, ‘encourage one another and build each other up‘ (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV).

Our words need to be healthy, and we should think about what we are about to say, and say, ‘only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs‘ (Ephesians 4:29 NIV).

In his letters, Paul said to the Corinthian church, that the authority we have, was given to us from God, ‘our authority builds you up‘ (2 Corinthians 10:8 NLT).

Paul also to the church at Ephesus, ‘Let everything you say be good and helpful‘ (Ephesians 4:29 NLT). Not only should our words be helpful, they should, ‘benefit those who listen‘ (Ephesians 4:29 NIV).

We need to keep our mouths pure and wholesome, and not let any, ‘filthy language [come] from our lips‘ (Colossians 3:8 NIV).

We should make sure that, due to the fact that, ‘mouths are full of cursing and bitterness‘ (Romans 3:14 NIV), we are careful in what we say.

We have to make sure that our words are good, ¬†because, ‘tongues are filled with lies‘ (Romans 3:13 NLT).

In Malachi, the Lord spoke prophesy to Malachi, and said, ‘nothing false was found on his lips‘ (Malachi 2:6 NIV).

What we need to remember is that both good and evil come out of the same mouth; ‘Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God‘ (James 3:9 NLT).

The tongue is a dangerous part of our body, that has to be constantly controlled. ‘The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body‘(James 3:6 NIV).

What we need to remember is, ‘words are destructive‘ (Proverbs 16:27 NLT) if they are used without thought.

‘There is no one righteous, not even one‘ (Romans 3:9 NIV). All we have, is God’s grace.

We need to remember that just as Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, ‘I pleaded with the Lord‘ (2 Corinthians 12:8 NIV), and the response from God was, ‘my grace is sufficient for you‘ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV). That is all we need to know. The grace we have, is undeserved; we have it, only because of the great love that the Father God has for us (John 3:16).

Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes wrote, that there is a time for everything, there will be, ‘A time to tear down‘ but more important, and most important to remember, is, there will be a ‘time to build up‘ (Ecclesiastes 3:3 NLT).

Remember, ‘Careless talk costs lives‘, but if we remember the love of God for us, and remember that his word is here to teach us, then his words are written for us. ‘The word f God is alive and active. Sharper that any double-edged sword‘ (Hebrews 4:12 NIV).

The word of God is for us, and for everyone. Use it, and the words given to us for good only.

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For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son
That whoever would believe in Him
Would not perish but be saved, oh how surprising is His grace,
The invitation is for everyone

For everyone, for everyone

This is the good news, it’s a hope that is true
We sing ’cause we’ve found peace on earth
And death cannot shake us, our sins have been taken
Alive, we’re alive and we’ll sing Your worth

Jesus did not come to condemn but that we might live again
His Holy mission was to rescue us
For long before we cried for help He took our sins upon yourself
He took our shame and gave us righteousness

His righteousness, his righteousness

This is the good news, it’s a hope that is true
We sing ’cause we’ve found peace on earth
And death cannot shake us, our sins have been taken
Alive, we’re alive and we’ll sing Your worth

Take these words and make them louder….

Good news (Our God is Near #9)
Brenton Brown

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Father God, we thank you for your great love for us. Help us to stay true to you, and to your teachings. Help us to think about what we say to everyone we meet. May all of our words be used to build people up, and not tear them down. Lord we know that we need you to help us, we cannot do this on our own, or in our own strength. Lord we want to live for you, and use our words for you, to encourage, help, build-up, and bring joy to others. Lord help us in this task.
Lord we thank you for all of our gifts, help us to consider that they all come from you. Help us to use these gifts for the benefit of your kingdom, and others. Lord we want to give you the glory, by using what you give us. Help us to Glorify you in all that we do.

Amen

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