“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”
-There is power in the tongue and our words should always be geared towards edifying the hearers and imparting grace upon them. Christ was given all authority by the Father both in heaven and on earth (Mat 28:18) and He gave us authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy so that nothing can harm us (Lk 10:19). Having this realization then, whatever we speak forth in authority becomes. Corrupt words have the ability to bring a curse on us and other peoples lives as the tongue is a fire and corrupts the whole body. It has the ability to sets the whole course of one’s life on fire and is itself set on fire by hell (Jam 3:6). We are therefore called to speak a blessing upon our own lives and other peoples lives having faith that it will come to pass according to the riches of God’s glory.
Corruption has been brought out clearly in the Bible to outline several aspects of life. First is that; the human heart and mind have the ability to manifest corruption by breeding evil deeds like sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language and telling lies. We are reminded that we should put away these earthly things for we died with Christ and we have been raised with Him, and will appear with Him in glory (Col 3:1-10). Corruption as a form of idol worship was one of the core element in the Old Testament among the Israelites and other nations. King Solomon also practiced idolatry when he allowed his heart to be drawn away from God by his foreign wives and together they offered sacrifices to their gods on the mount of corruption. This was a section on the mount of Olives which reveals that corruption is also predominant in some churches. Corruption in governmental affairs is also found during the Babylonian captivity where the satraps and administrators plotted against Daniel who was trustworthy to the king, the people and God. Daniel was intelligent and had outstanding wisdom and prayed three times a day. The Lord tells us that one whose heart is corrupt will not prosper. Corruption has hindered development and prosperity of many nations as it is an enemy of progress. Those who are corrupt focus on embezzlement of resources and deprive the majority of their future ambitions and hope. Their end is not rosy as their wealth and life diminishes but those who labor and trust in the Lord He will renew their strength. Through Gods’ gift of salvation we hold fast our hope in Him and at the last day during the resurrection of the dead, our bodies which are sown in corruption will be raised in incorruption and we will live with Christ in victory forevermore (1 Cor 15:42).
Thank You Lord for this far that You have brought us, we exult Your name on high. You have been there with us, in us and have dwelt among us we glorify Your name forever. Thank You Holy Spirit for providing for all our needs, sustaining us, restoring us, healing our wounds and filling our hearts with the joy of salvation, all glory and honor belongs to You. Heal our land Jesus from the vice of corruption we turn to You with hearts filled with repentance and deliver us from all evil. Purify our hearts and minds Dear Father so that we may be conformed to Your image and always follow Your will. Thank You Jesus for loving us with Your everlasting love, increase in us Your wisdom, knowledge, understanding, faith, power and might so that we may operate on earth as You desire us to. Bestow unto our homes and nation the flame of salvation that many may know You and come to You. Help us to seek first Your kingdom and righteousness and add unto our lives all other things. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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