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  “What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45); “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov. 12:18); “Let your conversation be always full of grace.” (Col. 4:6).

 

Lord Jesus, this trio of Scriptures needs little commentary, but much attention. Our words can bring both harm and healing. We get to choose which one, many times a day. Have mercy, and grant us grace, Lord.

Since our lips reveal the preoccupation of our hearts, we choose to fix our thoughts and affection on you as this day begins—remembering what you constantly tell us from your Word and heart.

Jesus, you pursue us because you want us, and you cherish us because you redeemed us. You know the mess we are, and the messes we make. Yet your love for us is unwavering and your delight in us is never-ending. Hallelujah.

You don’t shame us, or show us contempt. In fact, it is your kindness that convicts us of sin, and leads us to repentance. All of this really does seem too good to be true, but it’s truer than we realize.

Jesus, as your Spirit gives us strength, may we speak 100 healing words today for every harming syllable. And when our thoughts and lips contradict the Gospel, grant us quick repentances and more grace. So Very Amen.

 

 

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