Do You Understand?

Words are powerful

Hosea 14:1-9

Reference: Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. (Hosea 14:2 NIV)

Explore: When my young boys have done something wrong and I am explaining what the consequences will be if it happens again, I always end with, “Do you understand?” Even though they are only 5 and 7 years old, they are very good at cheekily nodding rather than using their words.

I will always stand there and wait until they have actually vocalised their answer. I believe it’s important, and polite, to use their words in a positive way when their actions have been negative.

Application: There are times when our actions are negative. And instead of apologising or using positive words we stand there mute.

Words are powerful. When Israel returned to God after years of rebellion, the prophet didn’t tell them to take their wealth to God or any of their possessions. He told them to take their words.

This reminds me of the importance of our words and that we need to take them and use them with purpose. Let’s not throw them to something that is unworthy of the breath that God has given us.

Prayer: Lord, may I use my words today to speak well into people’s lives. May I be honest and ask for only that which will honour You. Amen.

Where are you taking your words 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.