Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV)
Build Others Up
That is how I would like you to use me. How would you like me to use you? I would like to become like you. I would like to think and speak and act like you. I would like to follow your example. I would like to be kind and compassionate and forgiving towards others just as you have been to me. I would like all my thoughts and words and actions to build others up according to their needs. To think and speak and act like you, I will certainly need your help. How will you need my help? I will need you to change my heart and transform my mind. I will need you to mold and shape my life. I will need you to make me into the person you want me to become. I need you to remove any unhealthy and unwholesome thoughts, or words or actions from within me. Is this your prayer? Is this your desire? Is this your passionate hope? Yes, I am praying and asking you to do this work within me. This is no half-hearted, faint request on my part. All my heart and mind and soul are in this prayer request. Why is this prayer so important to you? I know that this is your purpose and plan for my life. I know that you want me to become like you. I know that you want me to think and speak and act like you. You want me to be a bright light in the world. You want me to be a bold witness for you in the darkness of this life. The only way that I will ever be able to bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name is if you do this work in and through me. So, I believe that I want what you want. So, my heart and mind and life are open to you. Do your work in me. Have your way with me. Help me to build others up by all my thoughts and words and actions. Yes, I will do this work in you. You will be a bold and bright witness for me in the world. You will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name because I will be working in and through you every day as you love and follow and serve me.
Lord, I will follow your example. I will be kind and compassionate and forgiving to others. I will allow you to make me to be like you. Use all the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and the deeds of my life to build others up according to their needs. Amen
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