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Apr
07

The Battle is Beyond Words…
God’s Word: The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

Wisdom Shared:
How often do you find yourself … saying something that did not come off as you initially intended, for the good in the name of helping. Better yet, how about not agreeing to disagree with love and respect. The power of our words has a greater impact than we realize … Good words or bad words have an impact, for the greater good or for tearing one another down.

Ponder This: Are your words empowering or discouraging?
Think about the last time you disagreed with your spouse; child; family or co-worker –
Proverbs 12:18 States:
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

  • Are your words piercing … to the point it leads to brokenness?
  • Are your words healing … that shows justice, mercy and love?


Hurt People:

Hurt people , hurt people, they can come off as prideful, abrasive and super critical. They can offer up their thoughts and unsolicited words but do not receive the backlash that can occur as a result. I personally had to cut my time with those people in my life that use their words like daggers coming at me.   The sad part in some cases they are unaware of their bad behavior. Relationships are complex sometimes even difficult, adding emotional reactions brings forth a despairing mind set. Not only is the relationship doomed so is the esteem of the individual received by the offender.

Beyond the Battle of Words
Power of Positive Words … Brings Life!
Think on These Things – You will Speak These Things:
Whatever is Truth
• Whatever is Noble
• Whatever is Right
• Whatever is Pure
• Whatever is Lovely
• Whatever is Admirable
• Make Mention of Excellence
• Share words of Praise

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-excellently

Scripture Reference:
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Prayer
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your wise word that empower us to speak in love…  Place a guard over the door of our lips so that we could speak your words of encouragement and praise.Thank you for the advance answer to this prayer. In Jesus name we pray… Amen!

Oct
11

God’s Word: …encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

Encouragement Shared: Today as I read my daily devotional I was lead to Galatian 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. And as usual I read through the entire chapter in context then read Matthey Henry’s Commentary. In doing this it helps to give clarity through assurance of the directive of God’s word. I purposed that if we carry one another’s burdens and lift those who have fallen into the deceitfulness of sin we are to bring them back through gentleness and respect. It is our Christian duty of love and act of faith through Christ. Other wise we are chastening, through a critical and cynical position of pride. Truthfully pride lies and divides, that is the vain deceit that is contained in pride. We are to encourage one another daily so that the deceitfulness of sin does not harden us. [Hebrews 3:13]

I know it becomes easy to stand on ceremony pointing out one another’s sin, and being overly critical over behaviors that we deem as unacceptable. However, we need to look intently at the word of God as a mirror into our very own soul. I traveled in a circle of Christian friends that were intelligent and wise with those things pertaining to the word. But, their tolerance for other people’s short comings were critical, unloving and the sad part is they would speak and act on sharing their opinions with out the gentleness or respect that is required. That behavior was just as awful as the sin they were sniffing out in others. They were standing on ceremony thinking themselves more highly than they should. Instead of encouraging through love they were flame throwers running people out of the church and wounding them unnecessarily. Truthfully beloved it is God who determines the motives of the heart, he also can direct the king’s heart as a water course. I have to then ask why do we feel compelled to do the work of the spirit without the promptings of God leading us? We ought to act in love not in attitude or judgment. Love through our faith is something that we ought practice daily through reading, studying and praying over it thoroughly. Speaking the truth in love this is what we are required and commanded to do … through love is the most necessary component. We are recognized by our love. It is God’s will that should be done, therefore allow God to do the conviction and encourage one another, just as we are called to do.

Thank you Lord for your word, it brings to life our faith, duty and sinful nature that only you alone can redeem us from, our sinful ways. Yes you father bring to revelation our sin via the conviction of your word through the power of Christ in us.  Thank you for your loving grace and restoring us to glory to glory – strength to strength.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-Excellently~

Read: Galatians 6:1-10 more…

Oct
07

31 Days of Proverbs ~ Challenge to Grow in Wisdom

God’s Word – Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman; Proverbs 7:4

Proverbs 7 – The ways of the “Adulteress”…

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

Praise be to your glorious name for ever and ever; wisdom and power are yours. You change times and seasons; you set up kings and deposes them. Lord you give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. You reveal deep and hidden things; you know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with you. We thank and praise you, O God of our fathers: You have given us wisdom and power; you have made known to us the mystery of the kingdom through your word of truth. Protect us from the wiles of the evil one, and deliver us through the temptation of this dark world. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Give us the strength to forgive others as you have forgiven us. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our heart be acceptable to you; you are our rock and redeemer. Your word teaches us about the “Adulteress Woman”…Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. (She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) Father your daughters will not resort to the ways of the Adulteress woman; we will not look to meet any man with crafty intent. We will not display loud or defiant behavior; we will not walk the streets or lurk in corners seeking to do what is wicked in your sight. Your daughter of faith will not kiss or lure a man that is not our husband in our bed. We will honor the marriage bed that is to remain undefiled. We will not speak with persuasive words or lead a man astray; we will not seduce man with our smooth talk. Thank you for your word of truth that brings hope. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you creating in us the desire to live upright and godly lives through the glory of Christ in us. In Jesus’ name we pray…Amen!
Mercy, peace and love be yours abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

Proverbs 7
Warning Against the Adulterous Woman

7 My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
6 At the window of my house
I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.
10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly and defiant,
her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:
14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
15 So I came out to meet you;
I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
and will not be home till full moon.”
21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer[a] stepping into a noose[b]
23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
leading down to the chambers of death.