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. When we are abusive, it grieves 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, we are to add value to our husband and build our man up. His heart is supposed to safely trust in us. As a mother, we are to build our children up. They should feel reassured and valued. As a friend, we are to build up and add value to everyone we call “friend”. As leaders, we are to strengthen our staff rather than discourage them. We have within our hearts the power to make those around us better, richer, and stronger, and to improve the quality of their life.
“A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1 (NLT)
I pray You forgive us for our abusive behavior. Fill us with Your love and compassion for others. Correct any wrong perspectives and views we may have that are false. Help us to be the kind of people that add value to everyone around us and display the awesome love of Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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