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Words can Encourage or Harm

Consider what will be accomplished by any negative comments you might have, in comparison with what could be done through your words of encouragement and assistance.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:55, ” Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. “

Background

The wedding reception of Shelby and Jackson in Steel Magnolias is a beautifully southern affair, stylishly and quaintly set in the back yard of Shelby’s parents’ home. As the guests dance and mingle and celebrate, a friend of the family named Clairee introduces Jackson’s Aunt Fern to another friend, the cranky, sour-tempered Ouiser. Aunt Fern is enjoying a piece of the wedding cake, which just happens to have been in the shape of an armadillo, complete with a dull, gray, armor-like appearance and blood-red ” flesh ” inside. And Aunt Fern has what’s left of the head on her plate as they join Ouiser. With pearls around her neck and a quellazaire hanging from her mouth, Ouiser deadpans with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, ” That looks like an autopsy. ” Then being told that it was Aunt Fern who made the atrocity, she quips, ” You did this, ” to which Aunt Fern replies, proudly, ” Guilty. ” It’s not very often that we are inclined to admit our guilt. And it’s even less common to revel and take pride in what we have been accused of.

Application

There has been a question common to Christianity for years which asks, ” If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? ” For many of us, the immediate knee-jerk response would be ” Of course. ” And we would have an impressive list of deeds and intentions and acts of faith to substantiate our claim. But how many of us would pull out God’s Word and hold ourselves under its light of examination to determine our ” guilt? ” There are but 24 hours in each day, and in those precious moments we can appear so often to look as innocent as the rest of the world, even while wearing our Sunday best. We can squabble, doubt, stir up, accuse, infer and deride. We deftly defend and promote our tiny, selfish world with the innocence and tact befitting our southern heritage. But if the truth be told about you, ” so help you God, ” how will it sound before our judge of One?

Charge

As we seek Him today, consider what will be accomplished by any negative comments you might have, in comparison with what could be done through your words of encouragement and assistance.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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