Proverbs 25:11

Think it Over

A good word has just brought a smile to these children in Myanmar.  Although they do not have many of the things that seem to make others happy, they are encouraged and lifted by a good word.

It is our great opportunity each day to speak words of refreshing encouragement to others and lift them from despair.  However, many times words are spoken harshly and without much, if any, thought as to how they will be heard.  Hasty and unnecessary words usually result in embarrassment, hurt, injury, discouragement, and sometimes anger.

The wise person commits their ways to the Lord (Proverbs 16:3) and disciplines themselves to be careful about the words they speak.  We should consider:

Are these words necessary?
Are the words I am about to speak absolutely true?
Is this the right time and place to say these words?
Will these words I am about to speak please the Lord?

A few moments of careful thought and preparation will temper one’s words to be words that are helpful to others, pleasing to our Lord, and bring joy to the occasion.

Refreshing Others

Each day our life intersects with many people, and we have the opportunity to encourage and bless or to burden them with complaining and discouragement.

In our scriptures for today, we have been reading about “refreshing" others.  What a joy it brings to be in the company of people who bring encouragement and blessing to our life.  So if we are going to be a refreshing voice to others, we must learn to refresh ourselves by:

  1. Being alone in the presence of God.  Isaiah 40:31
  2. Thanking God for everything. Philippians 4:4
  3. Seeing the hand of God in all the events of life. II Corinthians 4:8-18
  4. Meditating in and on the Word of God.  Psalm 1:1-3
  5. Realize we have an enemy that does not want us to be a refreshing voice to others: I Peter 5:7-10

It is in quality time alone with God and His Word that refreshes, restores, and renews our mind and heart so we can be a blessing and refreshing voice to others. Then we determine to obey the Lord by taking control of our words and being that refreshing encounter with others.
A good question to ask is "How do others feel after they have been in our company?"

Good Words

A major portion of our time each day is given to talking.  Possibly that is why there are so many instructions in the Bible concerning words.  The Biblical guidelines remind us to think before we speak, and our words should be helpful, encouraging, pleasant, and God-honoring.  Yet many times we speak vain, unkind, hurting, and destructive words.  Instead of helping others, we injure and offend them. 

Check out Psalm 19:14.  This commitment of David should be our commitment as well.  Words are easily spoken but remain embedded in the mind and heart of those to whom we speak.  The quick and harsh word, spoken in the heat of the moment, creates strife and grief in the listener. 

By the grace of God and in obedience to the Holy Spirit, let’s be a “vessel of honor” today.  Our goal should be to speak words of encouragement, blessing, peace, and kindness to others and bring honor to our Lord.