“Note to Self is a gospel-guided smart bomb scoring a direct hit on our strongholds of emptiness. But the explosion it detonates is life giving. It clears the way for Christ to enter in with powers of salvation where we really need help.”
I recommend Thorn’s excellent book to you (grab it here). But this isn’t why I’ve posted the quote. Instead, in light of our focus on the strengthening power of gracious words this past Sunday, wouldn’t you like Ortlund’s words to describe your conversations with others? Wouldn’t you like people to feel like you are constantly launching “gospel-guided smart bombs” to destroy the walls around their emptiness so that the grace of Christ can rush in on them with a flood of fresh joy?
Here are the texts we looked at Sunday:
2 Tim 2:1: You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Rom 16:25: Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed…
Daniel 10:18-19: Again on having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, ‘Oh man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.’ And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
Prov 10:11: The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life
Prov 12:18: There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Prov 12:25: Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad
Prov 15:30: “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones”
The way that God strengthens us is by speaking gracious gospel-words. As we’re strengthened by this grace, we can be used to strengthen others by looking them in the eyes and speaking these same gracious gospel-words to them.