“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”(Proverbs 18:21 ESV)
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”(Matthew 12:37 ESV)
I heard this somewhere awhile back and wrote it down: “A few choice words can be the life raft that gets you home. To be seen, to be found. Isn’t that what we are all looking for?”
It’s true, words have power. They can build up and tear down. A kind word can lift a person’s mood, it can set the tone for the whole day for them. Whereas a harsh word can ruin someone’s day quickly. Harsh words spread like wildfire from one person to another.
Why do you think that is? Wouldn’t kind words be easier to spread? Nope. You see, the devil doesn’t want kind words spreading. He wants negative and harsh words coming out of our mouths because our focus is then off Jesus.
My grandma told me several times after I would complain about a friend, “You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.” The nicer you are to people, the nicer they are to you. We were created to love one another.
Satan derailed Eve and sin entered. “Nice” kind of went to the wayside, especially now days. It’s hard to find any kindness lately. Oh, it’s still out there, just not as much as it used to be. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind to someone. A few kind words, a hug.
I want to challenge everyone today. Say something nice to someone. Tell your spouse and kids you love them. Teach your kids love and respect for others, not hatred and strife. Teach by example. Compliment someone on something. It doesn’t have to cost anything. Say hi to a stranger. Just be nice. Don’t let negative words come out of your mouth. Then look and see what a difference you made. There may be smile on someone’s face for the first time in a long time.
Let’s be the positive in someone’s negative day. Have a great day everyone.
Kathy Keller Writer and Prayer warrior with Answers2Prayer Ministries If you would like to receive daily inspirational messages from Kathy Keller, click here and put “devotional” in the subject bar.