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Have A Blessed Day

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Several years ago I stopped saying, “have a nice day” to those people I encountered in everyday situations.  Instead, I began to use “have a blessed day” as I paid the check, picked up the cleaning or engaged in a conversation with a store clerk. I thought perhaps this phrase would be a kind of witness, a reminder to me and to them that the blessings of all our days come from God.  In effect, I hoped these words would turn hearts toward God if only for a brief moment or two.

A simple word like “bless” bears a powerful message because it contains the concept of God’s favor.  That God is the author of blessings first appears in Genesis 12:2 when God says to Abram, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great.

God blesses us, but did you know you are also to bless others–that  is, verbally pronounce a blessing from God to others? The Lord told Aaron to bless the people and this blessing, found in Numbers 6:22-27, is often used today by pastors as the Sunday worship service is ending.  1 Peter 3:8-9 speaks of how believers are to treat each other and ends by saying, “giving a blessing.  

There are numerous passages in the New Testament which can be prayed or spoken as blessings upon others (Acts 20:32; Romans 15:13; Hebrews 13:21; 2 John 1:3),  but my favorite is 1 Thessalonians 5: 23: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Have a blessed day!

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