Memory verse for this week:
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
Talk that gives grace to those who hear flows from the heart that is filled with the Holy Spirit. Through the indwelling of the Spirit our words will be kind to one another. Our speech will come from a tender heart as we forgive others (v.32). The battle for words is fought with spiritual weapons and is only won by the Spirit who fills us. Verse thirty gives the imperative, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” When the Spirit is grieved our words reflect His interrupted influence by speaking bitterly towards others. Angry words and slander are not a fruit of the Spirit (v.30). Through understanding the forgiveness we have in Christ we are enabled to speak grace even to those who despise us.
Prayer points for today:
- Is there anyone whom you need to forgive and speak grace to?
- Thank the Lord for Spirit empowered words of life.