Have you had your Joy Juice today? As you share with others, pass along words of encouragement and joy.
If we profess to be a Christian, we must remember that we are representatives of Christ…ambassadors of His Kingdom. That is a great responsibility and we can only represent Him…the God of love and compassion….if we, too, exhibit Godly love and compassion. That’s easy to do when we are around people we love and enjoy. But what about those who do harm to us, who hurt us, who ridicule and belittle us? The Bible tells us that we should “love our enemies”. THAT is not always an easy command to follow!
Proverbs 18:21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” We can “love our enemies” by saying good things to them; by saying good things about them even when they are not around; speaking blessings and not cursing them. Maybe the best thing we can do to show love to them is to pray for them. It is in prayer that spiritual battles are fought and won! Even if our “enemy” is not changed, our hearts will be filled with the compassion of God and a river of joy will begin to flow through us!
Starting now, let’s be determined to think before we speak; pray before we open our mouths; ask God to fill our thoughts and tongues with His words, His love, His compassion and His joy. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Speak words of joy….even to your enemies!