Uplifting words uplift hearts
An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars. Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. Proverbs 18:19-21
Words are very powerful that they can build or destroy relationships. King Solomon expressed from the text that “Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.” Our use of words could bring strength or they could cause harm to others. But right words used at the right time can bring healing and restore relationships. How often God brings someone to our lives when we feel we need to be uplifted when we have broken spirits? When you feel it is difficult to continue on doing what God called you to do then somebody comes along to give words of encouragement and reminded you to stay on the course God set for your life. The challenge to each one of us who claim that we are His children is to deeply consider the impact of the words we use around us. “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them” (Ephesians 4:29). When we submit ourselves to the Lordship of Christ we realize the importance of letting His life work within us so we could produce the fruit that reflects our relationship with Him. When the Lord Jesus Christ warned His disciples about false teachers, He told them that one way you could recognize them is on their use of words. “A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit” (Matthew 7:17-18). Out of your heart are words that could glorify and honor God because you yield yourself to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Each day that God allows us have in this world is an opportunity to manifest the fruit of our hearts; words that could provide nourishment to those who hear. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Proverbs 17:22). Instead of letting useless and harmful words come out of your mouths, let your speech be focused on to what will help and build others. “Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone” (Colossians 4:6). Since your life belongs to God and His Kingdom, your life is not to be lived just for yourself but in serving others around you. Pay close attention to the words you use and determine the impact of these words around you. “Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook” (Proverbs 18:4).