Over the last few weeks I have been reading through the book of Proverbs. Proverbs is all about wisdom. And, let’s face it my friends, I need some wisdom.
As I’ve read through the pages there has been one specific topic that has stood out to me. It is the power of my tongue, my mouth, and my words. I’ve been amazed at how much Proverbs talks about the way we communicate in relationship to living a life full of wisdom.
But, as I have spent more and more time thinking about it, I guess the writer of Proverbs really knew what he was talking about. After all, have you ever experience the real raw power of words?
Both positive words and negative words can have an immense effect on your life. Positive words breed healthy thoughts, & happy emotions, while negative words can breed a whole myriad of things that just aren’t so pretty.
Have you ever had an experience with a friend who used sharp, cutting words?
I have, and my guess is many of you have as well.
I have a friend who I love dearly. We have known each other for as long as I can remember, but there came a point where her words were too hurtful, her criticism too intense. Even when my intentions were good, and I was trying my hardest, it was not enough. I often tiptoed through our relationship, just to avoid the words that could fly. And, I found that the words of others can truly break the soul.
But, you know what I found to be a soothing salve for my brokenness? Gracious words.
The power of someone who offers a gracious answer, and speaks gracious words into your life can truly be life-changing.
Someone who speaks graciously is someone who offers understanding. These are the type of friends who assume the best of you. When they don’t receive a phone call on their birthday, they assume something crazy came up and you will call a different time. When you have to back out of a commitment, these friends assume you are being truthful and offer understanding words. When you need help, or fall short, these friends graciously help you up rather than offering criticism, not because they are better than you, but because they have been there too.
Gracious words have been like a breath of fresh air to my heart. And people who speak graciously into my life have allowed me to live more freely in my relationships and in the same way pass on that graciousness to others.
How will you let the power of your words affect others today?
If you offer gracious words to those around you, you can know that those words will have a positive impact.
Speak love. Speak Life. Speak Grace. It could be life changing.
Proverbs 16:24 “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”