Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father continue to be gracious to us. Father we daily and desperately need your grace. May our hearts leap and rejoice at the generosity of your grace to us, in us, and through us in the name of Jesus! May we be so full of gratitude for how you have treated us, how you have loved us, that your grace over us would come pouring out of us in our words. May we speak grace to all of those who can hear us. May we speak the Gospel, the greatest of all graces. But may we also speak small graces as well. And may our voice be an echo of your own, as children imitate their father. May our words be sweet to the soul and bring healing to the bones. In the name of Jesus give us the words you want us to say! Amen!
Your Morning Song: "To the Table" by Zach Williams
Your Morning Scripture: Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
How are we known by others? As the sons and daughters of God how we are known by our community will be how they see God. And I don't fully understand why God has decided to work this way, but He has. How we choose to act will be how they understand Him. Do we understand how weighty a responsibility this is? Are we mindful of our words, our actions, and our attitudes in our day to day life out and about where others are watching us?
Much of Proverbs speaks to this. God calls all who love Him to daily, practically live according His Will, His desires and designs. Our actions, our attitudes, our words. Do we even know how God desires us to live?
How does He want us to speak? Graciously. If we speak with a desire to be gracious, to show grace, to give grace, then our voice and our words will be sweet to the souls of those who hear us. And we will bring healing to others, down into their bones. If we speak as God desires, with grace.
There's a problem, though. Just as with anything that God commands, we cannot speak gracious words on accident. They must be spoken with the conscious intent to obey God. Or else our words may only ring occasionally gracious, as our mood decides. And the jarring juxtaposition of mood-mediated grace will leave a bad taste in the souls of those who hear us. They will cry out in their hearts against us, if not aloud with their voices, "hypocrit!" And they will be right. And they will feel the ache of our inconsistent words down into their bones.
So may our words be gracious, on purpose, for God's purpose. That the voices of God's children would be sweet in the souls of those who hear them. And that our voices will bring healing to their bones with the gracious words of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Speak, Church. Speak words of grace. Speak as those who have received grace. Or recognize your hypocritical inconsistency, and be silent.