I CAN’T TELL YOU what I said to someone yesterday. It would embarrass the person to which I said it.
But I’ll tell you this. After I spoke the words, it was like someone turned a light bulb on inside that person.
Huge beaming smile. Huge.
I was just stating a fact, not an opinion of any sort. But that fact apparently threw a switch, turned on the spotlight, and transfigured the person into a glowing soul who suddenly felt important and beloved. Which, of course, that person is.
The reaction caught me by surprise. I don’t see that kind of thing often enough. Perhaps because I don’t say that kind of thing often enough.
The kind of light I saw in the other person radiates. I got lit up too—by merely seeing the other person react to my words.
So I spent some time thinking about my words and about what God’s Word has to say about our words.
- Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
- Say only what helps, each word a gift.
- The right word at the right time—beautiful!
For more about encouraging others
- Bushwhacking a friend with kind words
- Kind words for depressed souls
- What to do with a hurtful word
- “Kindness,” Complete Bible Handbook, page 156
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