Daily Devotional for Friday October 20, 2017

Scripture:

Ephesians 4:29 (NASB) Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Observation:

I thank God for texting. I know it sounds kind of funny, but when you've lost a majority of your hearing, texting is the next best thing. What I miss most from my hearing loss is being able to change the tone of the music I used to listen to. It's just not the same when you can't hear the difference and speaking of tone and texting. We can't hear the tone of what the messenger was typing. A simple text can be interrupted in a wrong tone and lead to trouble. Today's verse speaks of not letting any unwholesome word proceed from out mouth but only those for edification and lifting each other up... maybe we should apply that to our texting as well. Remember that the tone of our text is just as important as the message itself. So, if they can't hear your tone, maybe the message will be received differently than what you meant it for. If we only use words to build up rather than tear down, we can make beautiful music together.

Application:

• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

• Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them
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TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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