Action Verbs

“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people. - 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

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What a yummy pair of verses this is, simply delicious. There is such powerful hope here in this passage, isn't there?

Soak it in for a moment before I draw your attention to something... go ahead, I'll wait.

Is that refreshing? Don't you feel stronger and more courageous?

That is what I want to draw your attention to... the last sentence of this scripture holds a great truth.

Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.

Words are powerful. They can inspire hope. They can empower teams and armies. They can refresh a spirit. Words bind wounds, heal divisions, build bridges.

No matter if you choose positive or negative words, you can be sure that they will be action verbs in the lives of all who hear them.

And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! - James 3:10

When life is complicated by chronic illness, pain, and disability, it's definitely challenging to steer clear of words that focus on guilt, limitations, despair, and fear.

I challenge you today, dear one, to be mindful of the words you speak not only to others, but to yourself.

Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.

Do yours?

Righteous God, keep us mindful of the words that enter our minds and hearts, as well as the words that exit our mouths. Supply good replacements for damaging thoughts and words. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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May God Bless You,

Shelly

6 Comments on “Action Verbs

  1. Beautiful, Shelly. This is my prayer today - that He would give me the words to speak, to write. And may He continue to give you His words as well. You have blessed me, again!
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    • You bless me with your encouragement, sweet friend! Your words never fail to be positive and hopeful. You point the way so beautifully. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. I love the story of Hezekiah. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder to be intentional about being an encourager.

    • Thanks for encouraging me today with your comment, Kym! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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