Table Talk

25 Jun

God’s Word: Matthew 26: 17-25

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

There is a bonding that happens around the table better than anywhere else. Steph new apron It is where life is shared, discussed and solutions discovered.  Hunger is satisfied and so are human longings for closeness, to be heard, and to share in mutual concern and understanding.  Jesus knew the value of the dinner table and many of his teaching sessions happened around the table.  Zacchaeus, once he had a meal with Jesus, repented of his cheating and vowed to give half of his possessions to the poor and pay back whoever he had cheated. Yes, table talk is where hearts are opened.

Families that invite others to share in their table talk are increasing their bounds of love.  To invite another to a meal is to say “I value you and want to be in your presence.”  That is a compliment of the highest order.  To feel valued opens the heart and generates authenticity.  Don’t you feel valued when invited to someone’s house for dinner?  Then grab the initiative and invite someone to your home.

Use table talk to encourage one another in their path of life.  Avoid any negative bantering or complaining.  Set the example by being an encourager.  Encouragement brings out the best in people.  Encouragement in the presence of others more than doubles the benefit of those words.  The individual is encouraged and those who hear are encouraged to do even better in their own endeavors.  Rather than scolding’s, use teaching opportunities to challenge the circle around your table to honor Jesus in all their daily deeds and words.

God’s Question: Have you considered the value of table talk?

God’s Promise: The table refuels or depletes both body and soul.

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My Prayer to God

I praise You for this encouragement to better table talk.

I am sorry for times I have discouraged others.

Thank You for Your Word that encourages me so.

Help me build others up and help them do their best.

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