This Weeks Introduction: John 1:1 starts by saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It is astonishing how God created everything with his simple words. It is through the world of God that all things were made. While we are certainly not God, we are made in God’s image. This means that while we cannot create a universe through speaking, our words do have power. This week’s Grow Pray and Study guide will focus on the words that we speak. Each of us has said harmful things, and we have missed opportunities to speak words of love and encouragement. Let us study together some of the wisdom God has to share with us about the words we speak. ~ Pastor Adam Ricks
Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:11
” 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (NIV 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Study: We are called to share words of encouragement and kindness freely and often. It is too common for us to get to the end of their lives and never share life changing words. Good words given freely and often to the people in our lives are a precious gift without equal. Too often we are shy with words of love, and as disciples of Jesus Christ we must learn to give loving words freely. Have you missed an opportunity to share a word of encouragement or kindness with another? What opportunity can you take today to share a loving word with another?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me to offer words of encouragement and love to others. I love many people in my life, please give me the courage to tell them. Amen.