4 Ways to Encourage Others with Your Words

 

They have shaped the course of human history—sparking wars, ending lives, and making either best friends or bitter enemies. It is no understatement to say that words are incredibly powerful. But words are also difficult to control. Each of us knows the bitter regret of saying the wrong thing. What does the Bible teach about our words? How can we learn to use them for good instead of evil?

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Learning to Serve in a Me-Focused Culture

 

One of the defining characteristics of our culture is the selfish pursuit of pleasure. We often hear, “If you had fun, that’s the most important thing.” And we tend to understand life through the question, “How will it affect me?” But, in the Gospels, Jesus taught us to live in a radically different way. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Jesus calls us to deny our selfish desires and serve others instead. Philippians 2:4 commands us, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” How can we learn to serve others? 

 

Read on for 3 steps to serving others in a me-focused culture.

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Hunger: The Key to Spiritual Growth

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus painted a picture of those who are blessed. He taught, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) Does your heart cry out for righteousness? Are you hungry to know more of God? If you want to grow spiritually, you need to be hungry.