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Speak Words of Encouragement

by Ann Elaine Broughton  
4/16/2008 / Devotionals

Speak Words of Encouragement devotion by Ann E. Broughton

"In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see
how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you" (1
Cor.7:13 NIV).

Paul wrote this to the Corinthians. Titus had gone to their church to
deliver a letter telling them that they needed to change their attitudes
about some things. They could have treated Titus badly because of this, but
instead they were obedient and refreshed his spirit. Whose spirit have you
refreshed lately?

As Christians we are to build one another up. "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"
(Ephesians 4:29 NIV). We need to be constantly thinking and be aware about what
we are saying so that we can be an example of Christ to others. Are the
words you speak to others uplifting? Have you stopped to think lately if
your conversation has left someone feeling encouraged? Words can be very
powerful. Take a moment and remember how good you felt after having a visit
with someone who was positive. That is the way you need to talk to others.

Be an encourager and you will see that someone will encourage you when you
are in need of it. The Lord has need of your mouth to fulfill His purpose on
this earth. Measure your words wisely and be a blessing.

Dear Lord,
Sometimes it is very easy to join in conversations that aren't a reflection
of Christ's love in us. Please forgive us and help us to rely on the Holy
Spirit to give us the words that can help others to be refreshed in their
spirit. Help us to encourage others and give us wisdom to know what to say
to those who need to be uplifted.
In Jesus' name,

My husband and I have been in the ministry in one form or another for 37 years. I have had several poems published in the local newspaper. I write devotionals for my co-workers and friends. I own this article and have full rights.

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