Life-Giving? Toxic?

Posted by Jen, Guest blogger Michelle Greydanus

Our presence, words and conversations about or with others are either “life-giving” or “filled with the toxicity and stench of death.” (Paraphrase of Kathy Lee Gifford on the Today Show). I’ve been pondering the truth of this phrase all week and it led me to reflect on I Thess 5:11.

1 Thessalonians 5:10-12 (NIV)
“He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Pondering the calling as a follower of Jesus to “Live together” in unity with Christ and the Christian’s role in encouraging and building others up. And how the opposite conversations of gossip and toxic negativity destroy this unity in the body. It builds walls of separation and establishes “armies” of dissention within workplaces, schools, churches and families. Yet, how quick am I to accept and join in on this behavior…yuck…to the Cross again I go.

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