Hello St Pete Vineyard Family,
This is Patricia.
Years ago I heard a story about two teachers and two groups of children. One teacher was told that the children in her class were geniuses and the second teacher was told that the children in her class were average. Each teacher responded and taught according to what they believed the children were capable of doing. At the end of the year the first group of children actually skipped a grade level and the second group stayed where they were. All of the children were of average intelligence. The children responded to what the teachers believed they could do. The actions and the words of the teacher in the first group moved them to a new level of learning.
Words and actions are very powerful.
The power of our words and our actions impact people. Words can build up and be life giving.
Have you ever been feeling sad or lonely and a friend calls to tell you they care about you?
Did those words change your day and lift you up out of your sadness? Words of love and kindness move us into a better frame of mind.
Just the same words can burden one’s spirit, some words spoken carelessly can even stir up anger and division. Have you ever had words said about you or to you that made you feel less than how God sees you as his child?
The power of our words impacts lives and they also impact the unity of the Body of Christ for good or for division.
The power to use words is an amazing gift from God. This gift can be a wonderful tool to show others what Jesus looks like.
When we speak do we sound like Jesus? When we speak do we make others feel good?
Our words should align with the fruit of the Spirit, speak love, speak peace, speak patience, speak kindness, speak goodness, speak faithfulness, and speak self control.
See Galatians 5:22
Our words are powerful, let us join together and build up our body to a new level of healthiness and love.
In Christ Jesus,