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Kind Words: Sweetness for the Soul

Dec 28, 2023

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

If people intentionally spoke to each other with encouragement and grace, this world would be a much better place. Consider how things would be different in our situations if we paused and prayed before speaking out of anger or frustration. When we give God our tense moments, we protect the spiritual health of ourselves and others.

Proverbs 16:24 says, “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” God desires for His Spirit to filter our thoughts and emotions before letting them overtake our senses, causing harm to ourselves and others. Our words can either build people up or cut them down to the quick! Negative thoughts and words consume and rob us of peace. Yet, practicing a pause and speaking healing words not only lends to healthy relational boundaries but also demonstrates the love of our Savior to others.

Guiding Points:

Call to Action: The next time you get angry or frustrated, pause and give that tense moment to God. Speak peace and kindness in that situation. You will be better for it!

“Let everything you say be good and helpful so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them” (Ephesians 4:29).

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Prayer: Father God, thank You for all You do and for being with us today! Help us be kind to one another, remembering to pause and pray instead of speaking out of anger. We want to be more like You. In Your name, we pray, Amen!

Final Thought: We are each a work in progress, but encouraging one another benefits everyone!

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