The Power of Words
written by Leah Stirewalt
Thankful the day was nearing an end, I plopped up on my bed to open the day’s mail. In my hands lay an envelope with my name and address handwritten by someone with a local address. This wasn’t just a piece of junk mail or a bill…this was a *real* letter or card. One of my most favorite things is getting unexpected letters/cards in the mail from friends and family. My spirit was already lifting from a day that made every attempt to deflate me.
I opened the envelope and began to read the contents. The corners of my mouth turned upward, as the words that were written breathed life into me again. It was a note of encouragement…from a friend. She took the time to write a few sentences simply to encourage me in the very area that I had struggled with most that very day. I can’t stress what that simple act did for me (and for my attitude if truth be known).
Scripture teaches that, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24, NIV84) Simply put, pleasant words are very powerful! But, quite the opposite is true as well. Thoughtless, unedifying words sting. And, God clearly teaches us not to participate in that type of talk. How often does something as simple as an unkind word spoken derail you?
I’ve heard the expression (and wise wisdom, I might add) to be careful how you speak to and treat people, because it just might be their last day on earth. Bottom line…we don’t know what’ going on in the lives of those we encounter. Does that dismiss the fact many people are simply unworthy of any kind word being spoken to them? No. But, in all honesty, none of us…not one…deserve or are worthy of any of God’s blessings.
And yet…I’ll say it again…a kind word has power.
It has the power to teach…to heal…to edify…to encourage…to show love…to convey value…to turn a sinner from his/her wicked ways…to make His name known!
Ask God to show you someone (or several “someones”) that need a word of encouragement from you today. As He points them out, be obedient in your follow through. You never know when you’ll be on the receiving end of that kind word…at a time you need it most.