THURSDAY, JULY 2
“Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
Acts 18:24-26 (ESV)
THEY SHOWED KINDNESS BY WHAT THEY SAID
James Moore tells about a man named George. George was a peacemaker with a big heart and wonderful sense of humor. Everyone loved George at church, and he was respected at the hospital where he worked. The reason why so many people loved George was because he was always kind and respectful to everyone he met.
George’s children clearly remember the days George spent in the hospital before his death. The administrator of the hospital paid him a visit. They spoke as though they were old friends. A few minutes later one of the janitors came to visit George. They too had a nice visit.
When the janitor left, one of George’s children said to him, “Dad, did you realize that you treated the president of the hospital and the janitor just alike?” George smiled, chuckled and then said, “Let me ask you something: If the administrator left for two weeks and the janitor left for two weeks, which one do you think would be missed the most?”
The words we use are an important part of following Christ. Telling people God’s truth is a result of having God’s Spirit inside of us. And telling people the truth in love and kindness is also a fruit of the Sprit. In the story above, George used the same kind words with hospital administrators and hospital janitors. Do you think you treat all people the same?
Take a few minutes and think about Ephesians 4:29, “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” What are some of the negatives and positives the Bible says about how we should use our words?