Monday, January 3, 2011

Building Up

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Today I'm going to talk about building up with our words. Recently I've been noticing that I haven't been building people up when I talk to them. Usually, I'm just joking around and being sarcastic. However, comments such as: "Why are you standing by me again?!?", "Why are you following us around?", "You just live and it bothers me!", or "Could you please just go away?" aren't exactly words that I can hear Jesus saying. I never really mean anything when I say things like these comments, but the person I'm talking to doesn't know that! They are thinking inside their head, "Ugh why did I have to mess up again? Now she doesn't like me!!" As girls, we often joke around with our friends and its all fun and no one's feelings get hurt. However with guys (and some girls!!), it's different. They take everything we say literally and it hurts their feelings. As godly young women of God we are called to build up a STRONG generation of godly young men. We are NOT called to be putting them down and make fun of them!

Ephesians 4:29 (New International Version, ©2010)

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

From now on, I'm going to be conscious of what I say and try and make sure it's God-honoring. This doesn't mean I won't joke! It's ok to laugh and have fun....just not to put other people down. I'm going to be throwing in compliments to my guy friends, "Thanks so much for opening the door for me!", "Hey that was sweet of you to stick up for your sister!", or "Wow your smart!".

It's not going to be easy, but I feel God has called me to do it. Will you join me? Let's do this together and bring up a godly generation of young men.

Your sister in Christ,

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