We are each born with a God-shaped hole inside of us that we an only fill with a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. This ties very closely to our created purpose, which is to worship and reflect God in our daily lives, especially in our relationships.
It is easier to speak critically or not speak at all. Instead, speak life into those around you! Remember, speaking life is not fabricating false compliments. Speaking life is say heart-felt truths about the image of Christ that is growing inside.
In his book, The Power of a Parent's Blessing, Craig Hill gives detailed ways to speak life into your children. He also makes the point to say that a respected friend can stand in the place of a delinquent parent to speak life and blessing.
As your look at your daily conversation with your spouse, children, church-mates, do you hear yourself speaking death and negativity. Or, do you hear yourself speaking to the LIFE that Christ is growing inside of your closest friends and family?
Look for the germinating and growing fruits of godliness and maturity. Let the people around you know that you can see those and that you are proud of their growth. That you are thankful for the work that God is doing to change them into more accurate mirrors of Jesus Christ.
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