“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so your words may give grace to those who hear.” What a strange idea in our world today. We use words to overpower, to gain praise and gain riches, to get our way, and to have our voice heard. What if our words were more for the benefit of others? Are my words useful for building up, for meeting other’s needs, for giving grace? Why or why not? Lord hear our prayer: let nothing evil come out…Amen.
“For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great King over all the earth.” The Holy Spirit is given to encourage, empower, and embolden the church in its witness to Christ in the world. The Spirit is given to increase the Kingship of God over all the earth. Are we ever tempted to take God’s resources to build our own kingdoms rather than His? Is our ministry under the great King? – Forgive us O Lord for building our own kingdoms that give us control; help us to surrender to the true King and Your will and ways. Amen.
|“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” It is interesting that “gift language” is our focus here. A “manifestation of the Spirit” is given to each, for the common good, not for the one. “Manifestation” implies God doing something in and through us, not us possessing a gift we decide what to do with. How would my ministry and church be different, if we saw the manifestation of the Spirit in and through each and everyone in the congregation? How can I encourage such? Let your Spirit be seen through your people, O Lord.|