September 21, 2020
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
“Nanette is the most encouraging person I’ve ever known. She always has something good to say about everyone.”
That was decades ago, but I still remember my friend’s comment. He was just making a casual observation, but as a young Christian it really made me think. I’m pretty sure my first thought came from my pride more than anything else: “Wow, I sure would like people to say that about me!”
But my second thought was probably a little more on the mark: “You know, I really have a choice in life, don’t I? Whenever I talk with others I can choose what I do with my words! I can encourage people, or not. I can lift them up, or not. I can actually give anyone a boost for their day. I can make their life better! And all of that just with my words.” That sounds kind of obvious in hindsight, but it was a pretty stunning revelation for me at the time. It’s really up to me what I do with my words. So… what am I going to do?
That was the day I decided to be an encourager. I wanted to lift people up with my words, and not tear them down. At least, I was going to try, and I’d let God worry about the results.
Have you ever come to grips with the power of your words? Do you realize how much grace and life you might bring to the world by simply seeking to “build up” those around you? Ask God today to open your eyes to the opportunities before you, and how you can extend His grace and love to others simply with your words.