Better Days

I Didn’t Mean It

The things that come out of your mouth come from your heart. Matthew 15:18 (NIV) Sometimes people will say “I didn’t mean to say that.”  The problem with that statement is the Bible tells us that the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.  If you want to ensure that good…

Speak the Truth in Love

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) Yesterday, we covered the topic of speaking the truth.  Today, we are taking the idea a step further with speaking the truth in love.  Good advice spoken in the wrong manner can be damaging to others. …

Always Speak the Truth

In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery. Proverbs 28:23 (NLT) It’s important that we always speak the truth to our family and friends.  Sometimes we avoid difficult conversations as a way to keep the peace.  But failing to tell the truth to others when they need it can actually cause more…

Think Before You Speak

Intelligent people think before they speak. What they say is then more persuasive. Proverbs 16:23 (GN) It’s important that you think before you speak to others.  Thinking before you speak is a habit that must be developed.  It can be tempting to say whatever is on your mind (especially when frustrated).  Although failing to think…

Be Careful About What You Say

Those who are careful about what they say protect their lives, but whoever speaks without thinking will be ruined.  Proverbs 13:3 (NCV) This week in the devotionals we will be covering the idea of Mastering Your Mouth.  It’s important that we watch what we say so we don’t hurt others and damage relationships.  Just think…

Give Back to God

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to OVERFLOWING, and your vats will brim over with new wine.  Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV) Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.  Proverbs 22:9 (NLT) Tithing (giving a tenth of your earnings) is…

Just Be Happy

Be content with what you have. . .  Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) Enjoying what you have is the principle of contentment.  In a society where kids have $1000 mini computers in their hands (that sometimes double as a phone) and televisions come with 300 channels for $100/month (for the 3 channels that you actually watch), this…

What’s in Your Store?

Be sensible and store up precious treasures… Proverbs 21:20 (CEV) Money that comes easily disappears quickly, but money that is gathered little by little will grow. Proverbs 13:11 (NCV) Saving for the future now, leads to better days in the future.  The Bible says sensible people store up/save.  Wealth does not come by what you…

Managing Money

If you plan and work hard, you will have plenty; if you get in a hurry, you will end up poor. Proverbs 21:5 (CEV) God wants us to be free from the bondage of poor money management so that we can live for His purpose in our lives.  Part of our freedom requires planning our…

It’s a Test

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised. Proverbs 27:21 (NLT) It is easy to let praise go to our head.  We can think highly of ourselves and forget where our strengths came from.  We can compare ourselves to others, thinking we are better than they are. …

What Are You Looking For?

If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you! Proverbs 11:27 (NLT) The Bible tells us that when we search for something, we will find it (Matthew 7:7).  You have the option (not a good option) of spending all of your time looking for evil. …

Walk Safely

People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed. Proverbs 10:9 (NLT) Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles and moral uprightness.  It could be something as simple as stopping for a red light when no one else is around or doing the…

The Inside Counts

…The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) It is easy to judge people by their outward appearance, but that is rarely an accurate depiction of who they are.  We can never tell by looking at a…

The Importance of a Good Name

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.  Proverbs 22:1 (NIV) We may at times have a focus on our riches because money is something we need in this world.  We have responsibilities to take care of, but God encourages us to put a priority…

Be a Sharpener

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) Friendship is full of activity.  We spend time rejoicing at the good things that happen in the life of our friends.  We cry with them when things go wrong.  We celebrate their successes.  We mourn their losses with them.  We also need…

Be Honest with Your Friends

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.  Wounds from a friend can be trusted, Proverbs 27:5-6 (NIV) Being a friend is more than just enjoying the good times.  It is being there in the hard times also.  We need to be honest with our friends when things are going wrong.  If we notice they are…