“A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1 (NLT)
In our society, many are abusive without even knowing it. We may not physically hit others, but when we take power away, demoralize, and speak devastating words to those we say we love, we are displaying abusive behavior. When we discourage our children, strip our husbands of their esteem and honor, when we devalue our friends, or talk down to our staff as leaders, we create an abusive environment that breeds resentment and rebellion. We also grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Love brings people up. It doesn’t tear people down. Love gives people hope. It doesn’t shatter people’s dreams. Our loved ones can suffer broken spirits, lost hope, and severe low self-esteem from our destructive words and attitudes. As a wife, add value to your husband and encourage him. His heart is supposed to safely trust in your hands. As a mother, build up your children. They should feel reassured and valued. As a sister in the Lord and friend, build up and edify those God has placed in your life. As leaders, strengthen your staff and show them how much you appreciate their help. We have within our hearts the power to make those around us better, richer, and stronger, and to improve the quality of their life.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for speaking to me. I pray You forgive me for any abusive talk or behavior. Help me Lord. Correct any wrong perspectives and views I may have that are false and teach me how to be the kind of person that adds value to everyone around me. Help me display the nature of Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Ephesians 4:29-32)