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Power of the Tongue
TGIF Today God Is First, by Os Hillman
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. - Proverbs 18:21

Words have the power to motivate or destroy, energize or deflate, inspire or create despair. Many successful executives can remember the time their father failed to give affirmation to them as a child. The result was either overachievement to prove their worth, or underachievement to prove he was right.

Many a wife has lost her ability to love because of a critical husband. Many a husband has left a marriage because of words of disrespect and ungratefulness. Stories abound regarding the power of words. There are just as many stories of those who have been encouraged, challenged, and comforted with words that made a difference in their lives.

Jesus knew the power of words. He used parables to convey His principles of the Kingdom of God. He used words of forgiveness and mercy. He used words to challenge. He used words to inspire His disciples to miraculous faith.

Do your words give life? Do they inspire and challenge others to greatness? Who does God want you to encourage through your words today? Affirm someone close to you today.

Dear God, Today I want to pray for people who are single. Whether they are never-married, divorced, widowed...they are single. Sometimes that's a lonely place to be. Sometimes that's a blessed place to be. I pray that none will feel the pressure or need to latch on to someone, anyone, or the wrong one, just to have a special someone. I pray that they will come to You, bask in Your presence, fellowship in Your Spirit, find comfort and companionship with You, God. I pray that You will be first and foremost in their lives--and in my life. I pray that You will minister to and through them and complete them; that their identities will be in You, Creator and Lover of our souls. I pray they will realize that though they may be single, they are never alone. Thank You so much, Father, for Your loving touch, Your guidance, Your protection, Your mercy. Lead us in the paths we should go. Thank You again. In Jesus' name I Iift my voice to You, amen.

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