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power of the tongue

By Ida Skinner
June 5, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

2 Samuel 23:24-24:25
Acts 3:1-26
Psalm 123:1-4
Proverbs 16:21-23

“Mama Mama” are the words I hear what feels like all day, every day. Having a 2-year-old, I notice that my daughter is learning rapidly. Everything I do and say, she is observing even if she doesn’t fully understand it. It has made me even more conscious about the things I say and teach her.

With the nation and the world seeing racial tensions arise, it has only reminded me how I want her to understand and learn her worth and value in her voice. But, to also truly see people and learn about their experiences and make them feel seen through the love of Christ.

In reading today’s verses, specifically in Acts 3:1-26, it highlighted the power of the tongue and action when you call on the name of Jesus. In life, we have certain expectations of goals that need to be met, and sometimes we unknowingly can cap on what God can do for our lives and ask the bare minimum.

Acts 3:5-8 - 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

Reading the verses from Acts, spoke to how the lame man went every day to the Beautiful Gate asking for Alms from those who visited. People probably passed him every day giving him little to no attention. He was looking for something to help him get by, but he received more than he could’ve dreamed of when he encountered Peter and John.

Peter and John gave that space to allow the Holy Spirit to work and heal. They came together and spoke a new life over him. He probably felt more seen and heard than he ever had been in his life. It has reminded me not to limit the way God can work in any situation, even the direst. We can all experience a need for a level of healing in our lives, whether emotional, financial, or physical.

Our world right now needs a lot of healing, unity, and far more than ever, it has highlighted the power of the tongue, discussion, and dialogue that can result in either pain or healing. Our nation and the world are hurting on so many levels, and I continuously remind myself that I need to make sure to give that space to God not only to show up but lead us to the light of hope and truth that He intended for us to have and even more than we could’ve imagined.

To memorize:

The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
and their lips promote instruction.

— Proverbs 16:23

Prayer to start with: Lord, I pray that you can give me the ears to listen and words to speak of wisdom and life in situations that may be tough and troubling. You remain always the center our daily walks in life. Amen.