“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NIV
Wow, what encouragement to watch the intent of my words and actions. I love that God promises to encourage us and we encourage others….that’s how I interpret good words and deeds.
I had noticed that my son had become a little negative….and before the deployment so he can’t use that as an excuse:) But I could almost anticipate negativity from him….anything from food to clothes to gifts received, etc……he always had something negative to say. I addressed it with him and we spoke about the power of words affecting others and if you think good things, you will say good things. He seemed to understand and I’ve seen improvement, but I wondered where he could have learned that behavior since he’s NEVER around negativity………..hmmmm……could it be…oh no. Oh yes, I took a long look at myself and saw some similar behaviors….for shame!:)
Thank God for grace!