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13/07/2022 03:00 - 14/07/2022 02:00

"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). 

The Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the believers in the city of Ephesus with a view to help them mature in Christ. He dwells on personal relations among members and points out that there talk should be positive, emphasising the point of "building each other up"!

Anyone of us might have come across someone easily given to negative talk. Or let's call it care less talk whose aim is nothing but to pull others down. The person who engages in such talk might have personal issues frustrating him. However, rather than deal with those issues, projects that bitterness on to others.

No one, if any, enjoys visiting someone who specialises in negative talk, except the one who is equally frustrated and perhaps might take comfort when he is not the target. There are negative talkers who have nothing good to say about anyone- aside from themselves! But be aware and do not fall under that guise as they pile abuse on someone else. The day you upset them, or even just disappear from their view for a period, then you are easily the next choice of attack.

There is little you can learn from negative talkers other than sucking you into their poison. This is why Paul felt it important to urge believers that when we meet we should all focus on talk that builds each other up than puts others down. It is that talk which then sparks our energy to do good, serving and extending the kingdom of God!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that my tongue may be uplifting of others and not pull others down, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!