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Express Grace Through Words

Let your time on earth be about expressing grace.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:58, ” We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.’ “

Background

My two sons have recently created this running gag that they call ” Random Sayings From Mom. ” And they do their very best to not be disrespectful of their mother, for its genesis stems from the hearing loss she suffered a while back. But since the doctor was unable to fix it through surgery, twice, several years ago, she now struggles to hear parts of conversations and such, even with the help of a hearing aid. But in her attempts to follow along and take part in discussions, often times she will make a guess as to what was said and respond accordingly, or at least that’s what she thinks she is doing. What my sons witness, however, is something quite different. And the height of their amusement came recently when, in the middle of mangling something she almost heard, their mom blurted out, ” I found my Kohl’s card. ” As you might expect, no one was talking about Kohl’s, no one had mentioned Kohl’s, and finding a missing credit card had nothing to do with the subject at hand. But fortunately, their mom is good-natured about it, and the boys are careful not to cross the line. Being misunderstood is as common as salt and pepper. I already received a text early this morning that conveyed something far from the intentions of its sender. And that sort of thing happens all day, every day, in every form of communication possible. What one says, in whatever form it’s said, is not always what the other person hears. That’s why communication is consistently the leading issue in relationships and businesses. Effective communication is invaluable, while miscommunication can cripple or destroy.

Application

You will have a lot to say, regardless of how many or how few you intend to hear it. Therefore, you have the potential to do much good or much damage. May I encourage you to reconsider sending some of those texts or emails, or thinking through what might come of your words of accusation. And may I suggest you take note of your tone and expression, and the heart from which they came, all for the sake of saying only what needs to be heard.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let your time be about expressing grace. Confess the areas where your attitude needs an adjustment, and enjoy a little more quiet and peace.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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