While on maternity leave, Charlotte brought her new bundle of joy to the office to show her off to fellow-employees. She also brought her seven-year-old son, Jack, with her. Everyone gathered around the baby—ooo-ing and aah-ing—and Jack grew restless.
“Mommy,” he said, “can I have some money to buy some soda?”
“What do you say,” Charlotte asked.
Respectfully, Jack replied, “You are thin and beautiful.”
And Charlotte reached into her purse and gave Jack the money! *
Words are powerful, aren’t they? Well-chosen, well-spoken words can make all the difference, not only in what we receive, but also how we encourage others.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
We can destroy or build up people by the words we choose to use.
The Bible speaks of words “fitly spoken” (Proverbs 25:11) as being valuable and beautiful. Words “fitly spoken” are words chosen because they are wise and helpful. For example:
- Wise words soothe and heal (Proverbs 12:18).
- Wise words build up (Ephesians 4:29).
- Wise words use knowledge rightly (Proverbs 15:2).
- Wise words are careful and persuasive (Proverbs 16:23)
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” (Proverbs 16:24).
Wise words, powerful words, gracious words. These are all words “well spoken” and much needed in our hard, abrasive world today.
Have you received the gift of sweetness from a friend or loved one who spoke “gracious” words to you? Are you pouring sweet words of encouragement into others’ lives?
* Adapted from Cybersalt Digest, 10-23-13