As our study comes to an end, I ask that you would help us over the next few days to take in what we’ve learned and to apply every day.
Lord as we’ve studied these final chapters some words tugged at my heart and I was convicted. Sometimes I get so easily angered, whether it’s my kids fighting, the mess they’ve made, or the other mess they haven’t cleaned up after asking for the one hundredth time! Lord, may I be reminded of your word in Proverbs 31, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Help me Lord not to sin in my anger – I pray this for every reader today. There will be times we will get angry, help us to deal with it in a way that lines up with your Word. That we might not let it build offense and cause bitterness. Satan does not have a foothold on us and I pray that we would be aware of his schemes. I ask that we would be able to work through these situations with the help of your Spirit, and that we can move forward preventing an argument from even starting. Guard our tongues and our tone in how we respond to others. As Karen describes it, help us to use “snuggly” words. Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Help us to follow your word, not to snip or be snarky, but to use soft words. Speaking in a gentle tone, in kindness.
May we be reminded that our words matter, so in speaking them, may we build up and encourage not tear down or bring shame. May we make a point to intentionally bless others with our words, speaking in truth and love. Remembering to be positive and encouraging. May your Spirit help us in discerning what to say, how to say it, and when to stay quiet. We choose to honor you Lord with our words. Help us to be intentional in seeking time alone with you in your Word and reveal to us your truth. May we use our mouths with Godly purpose to build, to bless, to encourage, and to praise.
We know you are with us on this journey, and I ask that you would help us to remember that you are looking for persistence not perfection. There will be times our words may spark a wild fire, but I ask Lord that you’d bring us back to your Word and your truth. May we honor you as we continue to learn how and when to keep it shut but may our hearts be wide open towards you.
Thank you for this study, this ministry, and this body of believers. Let us take what we’ve learned and apply it to our everyday as it honors you.
In your Holy name I pray,