Mercy and Grace | Day Twelve

By: Kate Downing | Grace That Speaks

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Honestly, I can’t think of a more untrue statement! Words have the power to hurt deeply, to damage relationships, and to feed us lies. However, words also have great power to encourage, bring joy, and lead us to Christ. As those who have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we have a calling and a responsibility to use our words to display the grace of God.

Take a minute to read the following verses. They are words God has spoken to and about you. As you read them, thank Him that He uses His words to love, encourage, and strengthen you.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39, NIV

 

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” 

Psalm 103:8, NIV

 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 

Matthew 11:28, NIV

What incredible truth God speaks! His words bring hope and peace. His grace is displayed in the way He speaks to us and He calls us to speak in the same way. Today, we will look at what it means to have grace that speaks.

Read Colossians 4:6.

Like the book of Titus that we read from yesterday, the book of Colossians is a letter written by Paul. He wrote this letter to the church in the city of Colosse. As he was writing, the people of the church were being questioned and judged for their faith.  Paul admonished them to answer these questions and judgments in a way that demonstrated the grace of God. 

The word “grace” used in this verse means to shown kindness. Paul wanted the people of this church to show the kindness of God through their words.

Now read Ephesians 4:29. 

What kind of words does Paul say should NOT come out of our mouths? 

 

Unwholesome words are the words, phrases, jokes, stories, etc. that fall under the category of “ungodly” which we talked about yesterday in Titus 2:11-12. These are words that we speak to others and about others that discourage, hurt, cut down, and draw others away from knowing and loving God. 

Read Ephesians 4:29 again. What kind of words does Paul say SHOULD come out of our mouths? 

 

We are commanded to speak helpful words, words that benefit others by building them up (encouraging them). 

How do these kinds of words show the grace of God?

 

Think about your conversations, texts, snaps, captions, and comments yesterday. What category do they fall under: unwholesome or helpful? Do they display the grace of God? 

 

Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that everything you say and post has to be a Bible verse! But, I do want to challenge you to examine your words. We speak and type thousands of words each day, but how many of them are filled with grace? How many of our words answer the questions of a judgmental world with the love and grace of Jesus?

Write down some ways you can use your words today to build up others, to display the grace (kindness) God has shown you. 

 

Over the next 24 hours, pay close attention to the topics and content of your conversations. As you are speaking with others, responding to texts, and keeping that snap streak alive, think of your call to always display grace (kindness) with your words. 

Spend a few minutes confessing to the Lord times when you did not display grace with your words.  Repent of that sin and ask the Lord to help you be aware of your words.  Ask Him to give you opportunities to display His grace through your words today.