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Me & My Big Mouth Day 11

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Scripture(s): Proverbs 12:22NLT The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.

Ephesians 4:15 NLT  Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 

Devotional: Have you ever considered that one of the ways you grow as a follower of Jesus Christ is to speak the truth in love?  It is God’s delight that we would speak the truth to one another at all times.  But let’s be honest – sometimes that’s really hard.  We don’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings, or we don’t want to expose ourselves.

Proverbs 27:6 tells us that wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.  In other words, sometimes the truth hurts.  But when you really care about someone, truthfulness is a loving act when done with a loving motivation and in a loving manner.

This kind of truth telling takes supernatural power. And it takes living your life free from fear.  Because so often, it is fear that keeps us from telling the truth.  But Scripture tells us, there is no fear in love, perfect love casts out fear.(1 John 4:18)

Reflect:

  • Pay attention today to opportunities you have to speak the truth in love to others. Ask God for the strength and courage to do so.  And when you feel fear in the midst of it, remember that fear and love cannot co-exist, so let love win.

Me & My Big Mouth Day 10

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Scripture(s): 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed …

Devotional: Confession is the first step toward breaking free from the clutches of sin in your life, especially as it comes to lying and deception. We need not fear confession, for as we see in today’s Scripture, God promises to forgive us and purify us.  He will free us from the snare of Satan’s schemes and our own tendencies when we confess our sin before Him. 

But note that we see two things happening in our passages today:  the first is forgiveness.  When we confess to God, He forgives, He purifies us, He cleans us up.  But then look at James 5:16:  when we confess our sins to and pray for one another, we can experience healing,  What a powerful reminder that sin causes us to be broken, not just corrupted.  And confessing to one another and praying for one another brings healing.  What good news! 

Reflect:

  • As you’ve reflected on areas of temptation the past couple of days, what lies and/or sin do you need to confess?
  • Take time to do that before God right now.
  • Now consider to whom you might be able to confess, who would also pray for you, that you may be healed. If you don’t have a trusted relationship to do that, one of our pastors/leaders would be happy to meet with you.  Just email Pastor Laurie at to set something up. 

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