Words Without Friends

Her name didn’t ring a bell but I instantly knew it wasn’t a spam message.

Ephesians 6:18-20

Reference: Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, (Ephesians 6:19 NIV)

Explore: A stranger recently messaged me via Facebook. Her name didn’t ring a bell but I instantly knew it wasn’t a spam message.

She mentioned that she had tried to friend me on Facebook and asked me to accept as I had impacted her life through my words and she wanted to be in contact with me.

As I looked through her FB profile I wondered what words I could have possibly said to impact with her. I couldn’t see any obvious connections, but then I realised it was futile to look.

Application: We never really know how our words impact others. We can be well-meaning and thoughtful with our words, but often it’s our words in passing that can lift or deflate others.

It’s good to always be mindful of the words we use. The Apostle Paul asked people to pray for the words he was to speak.

I think this is a good prayer for all of us. We may not preach but we do speak into people’s lives. May our words bless others and bring them closer to God.

Prayer: Lord, guide the words that I speak today. May they bless and challenge people in Your direction. Amen.

What can your words do for others 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.