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Words are powerful. One short statement can make or break someone’s day. I have experienced both. There have been times when someone’s short encouragement propelled me forward with hope and faith. There have also been times a person’s harsh, negative or critical words continued to pummel my heart and mind for days, robbing my confidence and peace.
Some people are experts at discouraging people. They have honed their harsh, judging, demeaning and belittling skills to the point of “perfection.” They can take others down and out with a quick slice of their tongue, and seem quite proud of themselves for doing so.
There are other folks who are great at encouragement. They speak just the right word at just the right time. Their comments lift, inspire and energize others to be and do their best. They serve other people well with their words.
The writer of Proverbs made this observation about our words in Proverbs 16:24 (TPT) “Nothing is more appealing than speaking beautiful, lifegiving words. For they release sweetness to our souls and inner healing to our spirits.”
Do you want to change someone’s life for the better? Speak words that lift, inspire and energize them. You’re called to serve others, and there’s no better way than by speaking life-giving words!