Proverbs 16:24

Encouragement

It is easy to be so busy with our own schedule and to-do list that we pass by the person who needs encouragement.  For many each day brings more stress, trouble, difficulties and challenges.  It is in these times when the obedient believer can be a “messenger from God” to speak and be an encouragement.

Instead of gossip and complaining, we can be a blessing to many with a word or act of kindness.  Self-pity and self-centeredness often hinder us from caring or reaching out to others.  We are reminded by our Lord’s words in John 13:35 that caring for and loving others are of vital importance.

As we travel our journey of life today, let’s be alert and wise to the needs of others.  We are on assignment from God to carry out His Word and this includes reaching out to others.  Rather than being judgmental and uncaring, the obedient Christian is sensitive to the Holy Spirit in loving and helping others.

The song writer penned, “Others, Lord yes others, let this motto be.”  Our Lord sends us today into a world of turmoil, struggle, and problems to be a “light” in the dark world and an encouragement to others. 

Words DO Matter

Someone has said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and as we look at these orphaned children in Myanmar, many thoughts come to our mind.  Alone, happy, abandoned, yet cared for, and thankful for life are just some of the “words” that this picture generates. 

However, we must be cautious and considerate in the words that we speak each day.  The average person spends a great deal of time daily in communicating with others, and we are reminded in the Bible that words DO matter.  Today each person has the choice to build, encourage, lift, and bless with their words, or they may choose to hurt, destroy, embarrass, and discourage others.

In James 3 we are reminded that the tongue is a small part of the body but has great power.  We must not forget that words come so quickly but have the power to linger in the hearts and minds of others for a long time.  Today is not a rehearsal for later.  This is real life, and we will speak many words.  We need to carefully consider the instructions of God’s Word especially as it relates to our speech today.

Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”