The Power of Kind Words | Ephesians 4:29-32 Lectio Divina Guided Christian MeditationOctober 23, 2023 ● 20 min
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This week’s podcast is a Lectio Divina guided Christian meditation on the Fruit of the Spirit of Kindness.
Words have power. They can tear down or build up; heal or wound. We’ve all experienced destructive words and the deep wounds they leave behind. And hopefully, we can also recall words that have been spoken to us in kindness and love. Words that have encouraged us to be brave and take a leap of faith or to persevere when times feel challenging.
How do we use our words? Are they full of kindness and love – or do they tend to be critical and harsh?
Thankfully kindness is a Fruit of the Spirit, which means God longs to help us speak words of kindness.
As you meditate on this passage from Ephesians, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to what he has for us – and trust him to cultivate the fruit of kindness in your life. He will do it.
The full meditation passage is:
29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
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