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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 27, 2019

Today’s Verse for 04/27/2019

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. — James 1:26 (KJV)

Thought

“It’s no big deal!” That’s the whine of a believer rationalizing vulgar, inappropriate, or hurtful speech. However, a friend confessed to me a long time ago, “Our moral plunge in the office began when we let our language slip. It didn’t seem like that big a deal at the time, but what it led to was disastrous.” Religion that is not reflected in everyday speech is empty and hollow. So let’s use our speech to bless and encourage, not to curse, slander, or gossip.

Prayer

Holy and incomparable God, please forgive me for not using my speech redemptively. Forgive me for the times I’ve used my words to wound another or in ways that dishonor you and your holy claim on my life. Use my words today to bless, encourage, and comfort so others may know your grace through me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

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