Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.
Ephesians 4:29 KJV
Words are powerful. The right words spoken at the right time can bring about a glorious sunrise in someone’s soul. You never know when one encouraging comment can set someone’s life back on course and turn them in the direction of God’s destiny for their future…or even their eternity! Positive words are powerfully uplifting, while negative, corrupt words are powerfully destructive. Do your words “minister grace” to those with whom you communicate?
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
King Solomon, perhaps the wisest man who ever lived, said this about our words, “What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded.” Proverbs 18:21 (NCV) “The tongue has the power of life and death…” Proverbs 18:21a(NIV) Anything that has the power of life or death is serious business! Allow this truth to penetrate your mind and heart, and realize that careless words spoken in moments of frustration or anger can have devastating effects. Encouraging, uplifting and inspiring words can have the effect of a refreshing rain shower on a drought stricken land.
Thoughtless words cut deeply like a thrusting sword, but the speech of the wise is a healing balm.
Proverbs 12:18 (VOICE)
Try this “word edification experiment” today: Focus on your communication with others, and only allow yourself to speak words that will build up and bless those around you. Consider this a day in which you are a “minister of grace” to all who hear you speak…your spouse, children, co-workers, store clerks, waiters, receptionists, bank tellers, and anyone else with whom you might come in contact. If you are a teacher, coach, parent, manager, boss, minister, team captain, or any other kind of leader, you are in a unique position to inspire those individuals whom you lead. For some of us this experiment may be extremely challenging, but at the end of the day take note, not only of how you feel inside, but also your perception of how others responded to your edifying words. Similar to the “Pay it Forward” project in which one good deed for another can start a ripple effect of kindness around the world, this “Say it Forward” project could start a ripple effect of encouragement and inspiration around your community and beyond. (Imagine if our world leaders became part of this movement?!) Your kind, uplifting words to another might prompt them to speak kind words to someone else, and so on. If enough people embrace this experiment, we could witness the transformational power of grace in exponential proportions!
Remember, “What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded.” Let your words be a blessing to others. Not only will you build them up, but you will also be rewarded in ways you could never imagine. So get started with this “word edification experiment” and Say it Forward…