Offer a Kind Word

A thought brought out in “Warm Hearted Spirit” is that bad things can happen to people and it may not be their fault. When bad things happen, people need someone to listen and offer a kind word; a warm-hearted spirit to encourage them. Think of ideas for being warm-hearted so you help others trust God more in difficult times. Jesus demonstrated to us the path to compassion. The Master teacher has given all of us the opportunity for freedom as the video Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin

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Warm Hearted Spirit

One practice I started a while back was taking notes when I listen to a sermon. I then will record the main thought from the sermon that can help me to apply my faith. One of these thoughts from the sermon of Pastor Steve Ramsdell on May 31, 2015 was that we all were led to faith by someone who shared about God’s Son. The kindness of inviting and connecting through the power of the Holy Spirit keeps on affecting a society. Those in need receive and more begin to believe as we use our God given gifts to serve. Then more begin to observe the warm-hearted spirit of Christ followers and want to get started themselves.

Job talks of his sorrow in Job 6. The anguish and misery he is going through because of losing everything. His children, his livestock, and his property. Then, he is afflicted with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head (Job 3:7). 

He expects his friends to be able to give advice but instead their thoughts are on why God is punishing Job. They don’t understand that bad things can happen to good people and it may not be their fault. When bad things happen, people need someone to listen and offer a kind word; a warm-hearted spirit to encourage them.

Think of ideas for being warm-hearted so you help others trust God more in difficult times. The best way to manage societies problems are with neighbors helping neighbors. Like ripples in the water, acts of kindness may seem small at first but eventually they make an impact in the world around us.

This day with You God, we understand that bad things can happen to good people and it’s not always their fault. They need someone who will listen and offer encouragement. Just like the encouragement You have given us when You gave us Your Son to set us free. Your kindness is personal and You are merciful. You are caring and never overbearing.  Because of Your Son, You accept everyone.

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Poetry Friday 5-13-2022

The poem on my other blog at Step Ahead was inspired by “Dilute What Pollutes”.

Because of Jesus, the future is brighter because rules and regulations do not restrict us since we are free to live our lives according to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. We can accept all and are fee to more easily carry out our lives in a positive manner using the unseen qualities of faith, hope, and love.

Let us celebrate today with the song Clear Skies by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.

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Words Can Kill or Give Life

Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. - Job 4:4

The post “Empower with Hopefulness” has some thoughts on being considerate of others in their time of need. Pointing out the good they do is a virtuous deed and expressing the strengths you see in them empowers them with needed hopefulness in troubled times.

Words can build us up or break us down. Be inspired by the song Words by Hawk Nelson and pray that your words add to life, are true, and empowers others with what they need to affect their life in a positive way.

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Empower with Hopefulness

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What we say to others can affect their whole life. We need to be careful when accusing someone of wrong doing because like throwing out pieces of paper, the pieces of what we say will spread in the wind and we will be unable to gather up the trash we threw out.

We are now reading in Job 4-5 and we know the story of Job’s life. That God is testing Job. He has been a teacher, strengthened many, and an encourager but now trouble has come to him.

The speech of Job’s friend Eliphaz has some good advice when he emphasizes getting help from God when faced with troubled times.  Being considerate of others in their time of need is a virtuous deed. By pointing out the good they do and expressing the strengths you see in them, you empower them with needed hopefulness in troubled times.

Eliphaz has learned that God does the following:

  • Performs wonders and miracles
  • Provides rain
  • Lifts up those who are down
  • Thwarts the plans of evil
  • Saves the needy
  • Gives hope to the poor.

But Eliphaz doesn’t know the full story of Job like we do. Does the advice of Eliphaz assume that Job has done wrong and deserves to suffer? We all are born into a troubled world with much hardship and trouble so we can’t always assume that the person going through troubled time deserves it. We have to be careful in falsely accusing someone of doing something wrong. 

This day with You Lord, we ask that you help in using words that build others up. Not to tear them down because only You know what they are going through. We pray today that our words add to their life, are true, are kind, and point the world back to You. Amen.

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