Proverbs 29:11

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.