Words can either wound or heal…whether spoken by you, or spoken to you. James reminds us that there is incredible power in the tongue. “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in the likeness of God” (James 3:9).
Those words, penned by James, leave us with two questions:
1) Is your heart wounded and your life still directed by hurtful words spoken to or about you?
2) Have your words brought healing and encouragement to others, or have your words wounded and discouraged them?
Ask people to name their one outstanding mental picture of Christmas and the manger scene recorded in Luke 2:7 is mentioned most often. It was there in Bethlehem, over two thousand years ago, that Christ, who nine months earlier had embedded Himself in Mary’s womb, was brought into this world as a baby; God was, in flesh, now on display for the entire world to see.
The amazing thing about our Lord’s birth is the humble circumstance in which it took place. Yet no other birth was ever accompanied by heaven’s chorus, nor was it in fulfillment of so many prophecies during the thousands of years that preceded it. But wrapped in shreds of cloth and placed in a feeding trough! How could this be a proper setting for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
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