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Hebrews 13:15 – What Can You Offer?

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Hebrews 13:15
15 By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, t
he fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.

Lots of words come out of our mouths every day. Some of us may speak more than others. If you’re a teacher, you continually talk to your students presenting new material, answering questions, and directing your pupils. If you’re an office manager, you deal with office staff or clients each day and communicate directives with many words. If you’re a parent, you spend a lot of time day in and day out talking to your kids, especially if you’re a home school parent.

Unless you’ve taken a vow of silence, you are like the rest of us who use our words each day to share news, inform, announce, encourage, correct, answer phones, and interact with each other people.

Paul used many words throughout his life. Before Christ, he used words that condemned, that were accusative. After his life-transforming encounter with Jesus, his words became life-giving, encouraging, and full of the same grace he had received.

It’s interesting that the Greek word for lips refers to a pouring place. From our lips we pour forth words. The Psalmist said that his lips overflowed with praise to the Lord (Psalm 119:171) and that with his mouth he would continually praise Him.

With your words you can proclaim and confess God’s faithfulness, goodness, and favor in your life. When encountering overwhelming circumstances you can speak of God’s goodness and grace and not the difficulty. You have the ability to give the sacrifice of praise – good words, not faithless words, empty and futile.

That’s how you and I are to speak. It is by Him that we offer the words of praise and worship because of the finished work of Jesus. Out of thankful hearts and transformed lives you and I have the ability to bear fruit—our lips pouring forth words that bring glory to Him and praise Him for all that Jesus has done in our lives.

That’s the fruit of our lips giving praise and thanks to His name. From an overflow of the power of His love and grace in our hearts and live, our lips give thanks.

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