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Words of Life Bless Souls

Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For

“Whoever desires to love life
    and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
    and his lips from speaking deceit;
let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  (1 Peter 3:8-22, ESV)

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This world looks for encouraging words.

Why are we so stingy to share those thoughts?

Because we don’t often hear them by ourselves; instead, we hear and speak more harsh and arrogant judgments out of pride to crush people, even our own souls.

However, Christians are called to blessing (refer to 1 Peter 3:8-12). 

How about starting Today and learning from Jesus Christ?

When gentle words are planted, hope, courage and confidence grow.

Since the saints are enabled to listen to God’s encouraging words through the Holy Spirit, we can speak and plant those gentle words in the dry hearts of lost souls. 

May God guide us to give His gentle words of life to our children and people, so that they may grow strong in their spirit, faithful in God, hopeful in Jesus, and confident in who they are in Christ. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

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About Manling Chen

Manling was born and grew up in Taiwan. She came with her husband and 2-year-old son to New York, NY, at age 30 to fulfill her dream of studying in the graduate school. She received a black belt in Taekwendo at age 40 and has been applying the Bible truth and discipline learned in the martial art to fight in her faith as a spiritual warrior. She works with God to write and is currently a freelance reporter for a national Chinese newspaper and writer based in Minnesota. Much of her writing is in the areas of spiritual learning, Bible study, parenting, education, Sunday school, opinions, interviews, and people's stories, etc.

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