Have you ever felt completely crushed or raised so high you could touch heaven by a simple word spoken over you?
This week, the air became plentiful and a couple pounds of insecurity were lifted from my chest, by a few thoughtful words splattered onto a computer screen and sent over state lines. Tears dotted my desk as I read that note and it seemed as though the oxygen mask had dropped from the ceiling of the plane and given life once again. The writer of Proverbs didn't mince words when he penned, "the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."
The power of life and death rests in us. It rests in our reliance on God and our ability to lift one another up in hard times. It rests in "taking every thought captive", before they tumble out of the mouth unintentionally and in knee-jerk fashion. Like the fragrant trail of a thunder storm, our words can be refreshing and electric, or they can plant despair in the hearts of all who hear.
I'm thanking God today for the sweet friend whose encouragement will linger through my week as the revitalizing perfume after my storm. May our words have that effect on every soul who crosses our paths this week!
"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." Proverbs 16:24
"If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless." James 1:26
"But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart..." Matthew 15:18
1. Remember a time that you were desperate for a kind word or pick me up. What did it look like when it came? How did your body respond? How about your spirit?
2. Have there been times you've wanted to take something back that you've said? How has God helped you to tame your tongue since the incident?
3. Who might you encourage this week?