Words from the Heart for Thursday September 29th, 2016

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)

What to Get Rid of

What is the pattern of your speech? Is it marked by harsh words? Speaking about others behind their backs? Destructive words? Consider the manner of your conversations and reflect upon how you might use your words to build up and strengthen others through daily conversations.

Listen to Words from the Heart

Devotion

Canada geese are pretty birds, but to most Canadians they are a pest. If you want to get rid of Canada geese, here are some suggestions from those who make a living doing so. It starts by making your property as inhospitable as possible and by not feeding the birds. Geese can become domesticated easily if they are getting the majority of their food from you or your neighbours. As well, use swan decoys. These have been shown to be effective because swans and Canada Geese do not get along. Both species aggressively protect their young and are known to react aggressively to each other when necessary. And if these don’t work, try an air horn. Geese don’t like loud noises and if they sense danger they won’t land.

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Many people in our day are becoming more aware of just how much we have and how little we actually need. In our wealthy and materialistic country, bombarded as we are by advertisements of all kinds, we are constantly tempted to buy more, acquire more, go deeper into debt in order to have what we are told will make us happy. Instead we discover that none of this makes us any happier, and only causes us greater anxiety. This is true in a spiritual sense as well. The Bible speaks of those things that we need to get rid of from our hearts and lives Ephesians 4:31 says “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” These all represent our unredeemed nature, our lives before we came to know Jesus Christ and experienced his transformational grace in our lives. Even after we have become followers of Jesus, however, these vestiges of our old life can remain, pushing their way forward in our lives and manifesting themselves in unChristlike behaviour. Paul instructs us to get rid of them. To cast them out. There is only one way for this to happen. As the Holy Spirit fills our lives He takes control of the bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander. He replaces them with peace and joy, love for others and freedom from our sinful and guilt plagued past. Allow Him to fill your life today.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley