July 20, 2018
'A gentle answer turns away rage, but a hard word stirs up anger. The tongues of wise people give good expression to knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out a flood of stupidity.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue breaks the spirit.'
Proverbs 15:1-4 GWT
I'M SORRY FOR HAVING TO SAY I'M SORRY
'I read a devotional by Adrian Rogers just the other day that touched my heart. He had borrowed the words from John Phillips:
"He never uttered a hasty, unkind, untrue or frivolous word. He never entertained an impure thought. His talents never debased for selfish ends.
His influence, never bad, His judgment, never wrong.
He NEVER had to apologize for anything He did or retract a single word He said.
He was never too late or too soon, never upset, never insipid, never shallow or afraid...He had absolute victory from the moment He drew His first breath in that Bethlehem barn until the moment He closed His eyes in death on the cross of Calvary."
Why wouldn't you want to follow this Jesus? When Jesus came upon Matthew as he was working his despicable tax collecting job, He simply said:
"FOLLOW ME. So, LEAVING EVERYTHING BEHIND, HE GOT UP AND BEGAN TO FOLLOW HIM." Luke 5:27-28
'That's what Jesus want us all to do, simply get up, leave the past behind and begin to follow Him.
It's not religion, it is relationship. "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners (notice how tax collectors were in their own 'evil' category).
Jesus replied to them (and to all of us), 'The healthy don't need a doctor, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.'' Luke 5:30-31
Who are the righteous--according to God...no one.
Who needs their hearts healed--according to God...everyone.
How many times I have worn my shoes in my mouth as a result of the stupid things I've said, I need a heart job too and follow Jesus as the best medicine for my spiritual health.' DF
PLEASE NOTE: THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL WILL RETURN AUGUST 7/2018. I PRAY GODíS BLESSINGS ON YOU AS HE WORKS IN YOU AND THROUGH YOU.