Be Careful What You Say (2)

Feb 8, 2020

‘The lips of the godly speak helpful words...’Proverbs 10:32 NLT

The words you speak can bring two things. First, encouragement. Solomon said, ‘Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.’ (Proverbs 15:4 GNT) When life is hard, ‘...a word spoken at the right moment— how good it is!’ (Proverbs 15:23 AMP) Words of hope can break into a person’s despair, and help them begin to believe that they really have a chance to make it. Many a wounded soul has got through their deepest valley on the strength of a word of encouragement. ‘Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.’ (Proverbs 16:24 NIV) People wounded by life are healed by words of encouragement. Just a card, a visit, a phone call—the Bible calls them ‘...apples of gold in settings of silver.’ (Proverbs 25:11 NKJV) Second, your words can bring salvation. ‘The fruit of the…righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men—he gathers and receives them for eternity.’ (Proverbs 11:30 AMP) God created your tongue and its highest use is telling others about Jesus. Jesus doesn’t need to be defended, just introduced. ‘The words of a good person give life, like a fountain of water...’ (Proverbs 10:11 NCV) You can speak life-giving words to those who are lost, and help change their past, their present and their future. Your words can also help people to mature and grow in their relationship with God. Yes, ‘The lips of the righteous feed many...’ (Proverbs 10:21 NAS)

SoulFood: Isa 53–57, Matt 13:10–23, Ps 125, Pro 4:3–4
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