A kind word can make all the difference in the world to someone. Words are powerful. I need to slow down and be more intentional about using my words to bless others.
A Reminder to Use Words Carefully
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 NIV
I have the power to uplift the soul of another. I have the ability to bring healing to the bones of those I meet. Through my words, I can be a blessing or a curse. It is my choice. One that I make every time I open my mouth.
I wish I could say that I always use my words carefully and to bless others. All to often, I speak with only selfish motives behind my words. I can’t wait to defend myself, get what I want or to correct someone. There’s nothing inherently wrong with any of this, but there is a time and a place. There is also a priority I should follow.
Stephen Covey tells us we should seek first to understand, then to be understood. All too often, my mouth gets ahead of my brain. I blurt out things before I fully understand the situation or the feelings of the person I’m talking to. I need to slow down and seek first to understand the other person’s full point of view before I shoot my mouth off with only a partial understanding of the facts.
In today’s world, it is especially tempting on social media sites and blogs to tear into another person’s opinion or situation. But, we rarely have the whole story. Careless words can be highly destructive and hurtful to other believers and to non-believers alike.
Let My Words Be Acceptable Before God
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 19:14 ESV
I pray that I will remember that gracious words are like honey. They are salve to a troubled heart. I want my words to comfort others and to glorify Jesus. I want my words to be a tree of life. I need to be a lot more careful with my words.