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Thought for the Day from   Dick Carty
Weekly Devotional   from  Jeremy Webster

Let My Words Be Few

     Yesterday, I made a comment that I later regretted. It was not intended to be hurtful, but later I thought about what I had said and realized that it could have been taken that way. This morning, as I was preparing for my devotions, I stopped and prayed and asked God to forgive me for my careless comment, and to guard my mouth from making such comments in the future.
     Then, I opened my devotional and read the following from Matthew 12:37. "The words you have said will be used to judge you. Some of your words will prove you right, but some of your words will prove you guilty."
     At that time, I was so thankful that I had taken this comment to the Lord and asked for forgiveness BEFORE I read that! Then, the words from Ecclesiastes 5:2 came to mind - "...let thy words be few."
     That is my prayer today, that MY words would be few, because the Holy Spirit is so in control of my being that His words would come forth from my mouth. How much better would we be if the Spirit of God controlled all of our words? Pray for His leading in this matter today, and every day.

Summary of 1 John
From Jeremy's personal journal

    Focal verse: "Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that His love has not been perfected in us." - 1 John 4:18 NLT
    Again, the overriding theme of this book appears - God's perfect agape love. If we are truly exhibiting this love in our own life (3:18), then God is truly living in us and we in Him (4:16). We no longer should be afraid or uncertain about the future (4:18). Because Christ laid down his life for us in perfect love (3:16), we have been given someone to plead for us before God (2:1) so that we may be completely forgiven and cleansed (1:9). Let us now stop loving this world (2:15), start loving others (3:18), and pursue the will of God in all we do and say (5:14-15).

The words of Jesus: "Be not afraid, only believe." - Mark 5:36 KJV
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