iPromise Devotion – 1.29.16

ipromiseThis week’s iPromise Principle: God is faithful when and where you are not.

Today’s iPromise Principle: A good word brings gladness 

 “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 12:25

 Anxiety is such a weight, but it is definitely a distrust that all things work out. As a guy who struggles with anxiety, I am quick to call it sin because it is me not believing in the provision God has for me. However, the encouragement I receive on a regular basis gives me hope and confidence in this life as a follower of Jesus.

Relationships are vital to us overcoming a lot. God created us for relationships, and Jesus himself had close friends (his disciples) around him. It doesn’t mean those relationships are more important that God himself. It means God uses people in our lives, by their words, to shape us into the people we are. So, because of this, what we hear from people on a regular basis either can shape our anxieties or give us gladness. If you are around a negative person all the time, or you are that negative person all the time, why wouldn’t people have anxiety?

Take just a simple conversation like this: “Man this weather is so nice. It’s breezy, the sun is shining, and my kids are pumped about the weekend!” And then THIS guy says “Bro, you’re right, but have you looked at the forecast this weekend? Thunder storms, possibly hail, keep your kids inside.”All of a sudden, even just thoughts about the weather control your anxieties for the weekend. “What will we do? How will our kids get out the energy they need to get out? Hail?? I just fixed a crack in my window!”

That’s just the weather. But what about a your friends who’s having a rough time at her job and needs to hear an encouraging word to keep staying strong. What about your single friend who has been through a divorce and misses his kids dearly when they are with their mom who needs a good word of presence. What about one of your best friends who is succeeding in an area of life, and still needs some type of good word to remain humble, continuing to press forward.

We need to give good words and receive good words on a consistent basis, but even when we don’t receive a good word, we can still be a good word in our relationships. The text stated at the beginning, says “a good word makes him glad.” Someone’s life changing moment could occur because the power of a good word from you! Your friendships and community can be full of joy, by the command we have by Paul in Romans 12:10 to “outdo one another in showing honor!”

God is always your good word! Be a good word today, tomorrow, and forever in your relationships.

 

 

2 thoughts on “iPromise Devotion – 1.29.16

  1. One of my spiritual gifts is that of encourager. I can remember long ago being told that by friends in the ladies bible studies that I attended. It would be confirmed when I took my first spiritual gifts seminar a few years later. It is so important to me to be able to speak kind and uplifting words to those that Our Lord puts in my life as an encouragement to them. We never know who really needs to feel loved and reassured. The Holy Spirit gave me a joyful spirit so that others would see Jesus in me and be encouraged. I choose joy because He desires that of me- of every believer.
    “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
    “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, what ever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen and me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9.

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