A Quick Text Message

He always gets frustrated at how particular I am

John 18:1-14

Reference: “When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.” ‭‭John‬ ‭18:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I’m rather partial to a text message. I find it’s a great way to send a quick message where someone can retain the information if necessary.

I’m not sure whether it’s because I blog most days, but even in my text messages I’m very careful about what I write and how my message may be perceived.

If I’m driving in the car and I ask my husband to send a message on my behalf, he always gets frustrated at how particular I am. I make him write exactly what I am saying, word perfect, and then he has to read it back to me so I can make sure it sounds ok.

He usually just gives up and makes me send my own messages once we get to our final destination!

But words are very important and can have a big impact on people, so I’m always mindful of what I’m saying.

Application: Jesus’ words held even greater power. When He spoke, thousands of people would listen. His words were so memorable that they were recalled and written down years after Jesus said them.

Jesus’ words also had a great impact on people. Even when He knew His time was coming to an end, all He said was “I am he”, and grown men fell over.

Our words may not make others fall over, but they can build up or tear others down. You may not be as particular as me by rereading all your text messages before sending them, but let’s be more conscious of what we say.

You never know how long your words may be remembered.

Prayer: Lord, Your word is eternal. It is still living today and continues to live in each of us. May we speak Your truth and declare Your love in all we say. Amen.

How can you speak Jesus’ words into your day today?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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