Have you noticed the harsh words that bombard us?
The noise of the world through television, social media, and talk shows constantly invade our lives. Are the words we hear encouraging or distressing?
Everyone wants you to take their side in endless debates or offenses. If I listen to too much news I realize I become more negative. If I watch too much entertainment, I confess I can silently absorb the those attitudes that often go against the word of God.
Sharp words and offensive attitudes are rampant.
What can we do about it?
Be kind. Just say “hello.”
…we speak, not to please men, but rather God, who examines our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 CSB
We can show the love of God even in the small things, like saying “hello” to a neighbor instead of scurrying inside with the mail.
When we’re paying for a purchase, we can smile at the cashier. He may have had a long shift and your smile may be a great encouragement.
God’s word offers guidance for our words.
The Bible has much to say about the power of words.
- We are instructed to speak with honesty. Speaking a half-truth is misleading and deceitful, leaving the listener to make their own conclusions without complete information.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech. Psalm 24:13 CSB
Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly, and don’t let your lips talk deviously. Proverbs 4:24 CSB
- We are taught to speak with gratitude. A complaint or sarcasm may get attention but it draws attention to ourselves. A word of gratitude draws attention to others. Gratitude improves our perspective.
Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks. Ephesians 5:4 CSB
- The words we speak are important – they can bring life and encouragment or hurt and despair. The tone and body language help the listener; in texting this is lost.
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
- Positive words bring joy and health. A compliment lifts the spirit, yet we are often stingy to share one.
- We are encouraged to use gracious words. As the Lord’s representatives in the 21st century, we have the resposibility to be reflect the fruit of the Spirit.
The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him. Ecclesiastes 10:12
Do our words point others to the Lord?
Think about it. How can you offer encouraging words?
What do your words say about you?