Flourish in Kinship: A 5-Day Journey Through Ruth

Day 4 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Day 4


Peace


Peace is defined by words like tranquility, harmony, rest, quietness, contentedness, free from fear. There are many things in life that can disrupt peace. But one of the most common disrupters of peace in our lives and the lives of others happens simply by the words we speak. We can impart peace and life, hope and joy, or death and cursing, evil and strife simply by the words we speak over each other. So powerful are our words that we’re instructed often in Scripture to be wise in what we speak:


Speak truth, not lies. [Psalm 34:13] 


Set a guard over my mouth, Lord, keep watch over my lips. [Psalm 141:3]


The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. [Proverbs 12:14]


Make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification. [Romans 14:19]


Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, only what is useful for building others up. [Ephesians 4:29]


As you read today’s Scriptures, think about how Naomi’s words to Ruth might have brought peace to her heart at such a significant moment. As Ruth was about to do something very risky, Naomi’s words and the confidence she had in Boaz as their kinsman redeemer fostered peace in Ruth’s heart to carry out what was being asked of her.Ask God how you can be an agent of peace to people in your life today by how you choose to speak to them.