Advent Devotional: Day 10

By: Rachel Pridgen, Director of Student Involvement and Transition Programs

Scripture: Matthew 12:33-37


Words are so incredibly powerful. They get lost in the everyday use of them, but power merely describes the influence of words. God spoke the world into being by the power of words (Hebrews 11:3) and we are in God’s image in part because of the power we have with words. In Proverbs 12:6, it says that our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up.

How many times have we said, “Oh, I said that, but I really didn’t mean it.”? As trees produce fruit, what are our words producing? Are we giving affirmative and loving words to those around us or are we sprouting empty words or words of hate? Our words overflow with the power of God’s grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. During this Advent season and as we prepare for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, may God enable us to use our words as an instrument of love and saving grace.


God of Word and deed, give us the right words at the right time to the right people in the right way to speak love and grace to the world. Amen.


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