Speak Words of Encouragement and Comfort When Walking Beside the Weak and Wounded
There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.
There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,7 (NCV)
While there is definitely a time to be silent and listen when walking beside the weak and wounded, there is also a time to speak life-giving words of encouragement and comfort.
The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.
Proverbs 25:11 (NCV)
But remember …
When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need -- words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you.
Ephesians 4:29 (NCV)
Let thy speech be better than silence – or be silent.
Dionysius the Elder
Encouraging and comforting words are healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, making people happy and healthy.
Proverbs 16:24 (NCV)
And you will find that as you bless the weak and wounded with your life-giving words, you too will be blessed.
The world is full of discouragers.
We have a Christian duty to encourage one another.
Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet.
Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.
So encourage each other and give each other strength
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NCV)
On the journey with you,
Dave & Jan Dravecky
Reprinted by permission of Dave and Jan Dravecky of www.endurance.org.