Daily Devotional 7-23-20

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Hey everyone. My name is Ryan. I’m the new High School Director in case I haven’t gotten to meet you guys. I’m excited to be here. And today we’re going to be looking at Ephesians 4:29 (NIV), which says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that may benefit those who listen”.

I find so often today in this time that we’re in that a lot of frustration is beginning to build up, especially in my own life, because of all the control we’ve had taken away. Right? We have a lot of outlets where we let out stress, whether that be the movies, the gym, whatever it is taken away because of the pandemic. And one of the easiest ways for me at least to relieve that stress is through my words. I find that so often in my life, I tend to criticize and quick to jump to criticism and say, “Hey, this is wrong with this, this and this.”

But what Paul is telling us here is he’s comparing the difference between Christians and non-Christians. And he’s saying, “Hey, as a Christian, we are called to have a tight reign on our tongue.” And when we have this tight reign on our tongue, we need to make sure that we’re encouraging each other and building each other up and not criticizing.

Often in my own life, I find that my first instinct is to criticize and that I’m slow to encourage. But what if we flip that? What if we were quick to encourage and quick to bring each other up and slow to criticize? Now, biblical accountability is really important, but we’re called to do it with grace as well. And that encouragement is huge.

The other thing I find in my own life is that encouragement only comes out when results are yielded. That encouragement only comes when that big job promotion happens, or the grade in school happens, or we have these milestones or these good things happen. But more often than not, I find that when I need encouragement is in the times when things don’t go right, when I didn’t get the results I wanted or an event that we planned or something didn’t go the way it was expected.

And so my challenge to you this week is let’s encourage one another. Let’s build each other up and be slow to criticize.

That’s all I have for you guys today. Thank you so much. Hope you have a great rest of your day.