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Archive for August 7th, 2020

Power of Words

Meditation

Written by Ken Boa, a contemporary pastor and President of Reflections Ministry. This is an excerpt from his devotion “The Source of Wisdom.”

Human nature has not changed. The wide array of wisdom found in Proverbs is just as relevant now as when it was first written. Whereas other books of the Bible deepen our devotional lives, Proverbs applies to our daily habits and points us to Christ through practical righteousness. He, after all, is the source of true wisdom. As we learn to apply the proverbs, we will be more conformed to His image.

One key application from Proverbs is how we use our words. The tongue is a powerful thing. While worldly wisdom might tell us to answer harshly and gain the upper hand, divine wisdom teaches to respond gently to promote peace and unity. We do well to examine ourselves for pride that might cause us to lash out against others in anger. Wisdom invites us to enter into calm conversation that can help us realize our own flaws. Walking in the power of the Spirit and abiding in Christ, we can watch our words and build one another up.

Prayer

Written by Augustine of Hippo (354-430), an early Christian theologian and philosopher. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius (modern day Annaba, Algeria) and is viewed as one of the most important church fathers in Western Christianity. 

Look upon us, O Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls vanish before the beams of thy brightness. Fill us with holy love, and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom. All our desire is known unto thee, therefore perfect what thou hast begun, and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer. We seek thy face, turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory. Then shall our longing be satisfied, and our peace shall be perfect.

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