March 13, 2018 – Tuesday
Proverbs 18:21 [NKJV] Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Ephesians 4:29 [NIV] 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.
A former coworker told me that, when she was teaching a class for adolescent students and trying to encourage them, a 16-year-old boy said, “You really don’t believe in us. You think we are all going to become drug dealers or die young just like others in my neighborhood.”
Shocked, but my friend replied with words of hope and life. She told the boy how much she believed in each student in her class. They then discussed how no one has the right to define who they are or what each will do in life.
Scripture reminds us that the things we say to one another can have a dramatic effect. Words can really tear down or build up. Scripture commands you and me to use words wisely – spread words of hope and life.
Today at work, follow scripture when responding to shocking remarks — just like my friend did. Build up the Kingdom of God in your workplace with words of edification, not death. Your words are not in vain. People are not only watching what you do as a Christian, but also listening to what you say.
At work today, let all hear you speak words of hope and life.
Dear Lord, thank You for the wisdom and guidance on how to speak to others. Help me always think of You first and speak life to everyone I come across. Let the words I say build Your people up, give hope, and give You glory. I know I must reflect You, and I thank You for the Holy Spirit placed within me. I pray in Your name. Amen.
Phoenecia Hill, MPA
Indexing and Enrolling Assistant
Virginia House of Delegates
Richmond, Virginia USA