I was speaking to one our our daughters this week and she shared with me how she had been able to encourage through a song she’d sung for someone when they really needed it. The words she sang had touched this person’s heart and encouraged them to hold onto hope. The song was like life giving water and a great reminder of how important our words are and to make them count.
Our words have an amazing ability to positively impact those around us. Words of encouragement strengthen the will and cause hope to spring up in our lives. Gentle words soothe and heal, bringing peace and refreshing. Everyone, regardless of who they are benefits from motivating words of praise that lift the hearer’s self worth. When these words are lacking God’s plans and purposes for our lives can be limited and hindered.
When words are used carelessly they can act just like a razor sharp sword which pierces hearts and minds. In contrast is the person who wisely uses their words like a healing balm; encouraging, lifting up, and bringing wisdom and grace into every situation.
The bible talks about the power of our words, and teaches us that, “the words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”. (Proverbs 12:18)
God’s plan is for us to both hear and speak words of life, health, hope, joy, peace, success, strength and goodness. To speak blessings rather than curses, and to impact those around us with positive words.
Whether we realise it or not we do absorb words. Therefore it pays to be very mindful of both what we are listening to, and in turn what we are speaking.
Proverbs 16:24 says, “pleasant words bring healing to the bones”. God’s saying we can literally bring healing, hope and life to someone by the words we both listen to and speak, sing, send in a simple written note or text of encouragement.
Research shows the average person speaks at least 7,000 words a day, with many speaking much more than that. Some estimates are that women speak twice as many words a day as men. Think about what that means to you. Those 7,000 words you share each day are your imprint on the world.
You could fill a library in a lifetime with your words! If you did, what would the titles of those books be?
Today determine to make your words count and ask yourself, “How many of the words I speak communicate something of value and make a positive difference to those around me?”
“How many of my words serve little or no purpose at all?”
You have 7000 words to use, what are you going to do with yours today?
“A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” (Proverbs 18:4)
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:4)
“Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Prayer: Lord please help me to listen to and take in your words of healing and life. Then when I speak I can share the words and hope you have given me. I’m making it my aim that everything I say will be an encouragement and benefit to others. Please help me to make my words count today. In Jesus name Amen.