"And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness." (Romans 12:6-8).
All Christians are given one of the above gifts by the Holy Spirit when they become children of God. These are special gifts that the Holy Spirit Himself will help you develop and use in service to God. The spiritual gift of ‘exhortation' is the gift of encouragement and are normally not just words that sound nice, but those who have this gift will give you step by step instruction as to how to proceed. Many pastors and those who work in ministries have this gift. They not only want to help you feel better, but they want to provide you with direction as to how to proceed.
Although I do not have this gift, I have noticed the impact that I can have by encouraging another. Recently at a luncheon, after learning that a fellow Christian had lost his job, I simply walked up to him and said from my heart, "I know you are going to find a job and it will probably be better than the one you lost." These were not words from me, but they were words from the Holy Spirit to give to this man. The impact of these words on that individual was immediately noticeable and he went on his way with strong faith that God would provide.
Very often, people with the gift of exhortation are able to give step by step advice. They not only encourage, but offer sound advice, which is provided to them by the Holy Spirit to give to the person who needs this advice. The important thing for us to do when someone helps us in this manner is to listen carefully.
Proverbs 25 - Teaches us today?
Proverbs 25:11-12 "(11) Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances. (12) Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear."
Psalm 20:4-5 (Theme: A Prayer For Victory - For Kings) "(4) May He grant you your heart's desire, And fulfill all your counsel! (5) We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions."
Today's question. How powerful are our words?
There are people who talk about speaking material blessings into existence. These ‘name it and claim it' statements bring dishonor to God. You cannot use any formula for success or material gain with God. God is the greatest of all beings and He will not be brought down by such activities.
However, there is power in the words we use. We can use words in positive and negative ways. They can be much more valuable than a gold apple or any material possession. Similarly, our words can cut so deeply that no surgeon will be able to repair the injury.
Words that are like golden apples can also be words of joy. Joy provided in the blessings given to us or prayed for us by fellow Christians. Words like ‘thank you' can help lift the spirits of those who receive them. Words like, ‘I appreciate your sacrifice' and how you have helped me. Sometime, it is not the specific words you say, just having a conversation with another can be greatly appreciated.
"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear." (Ephesians 4:29).
Dear God, help me to choose my words carefully, words that edify and speak clearly, in the right circumstance directed by the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline. Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com
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