Read: Proverbs 12
An encouraging word can be like a balm for a hurting soul. The Bible says, “Pleasant words are like a honey comb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones” (Prov. 16:24). In this world, people get hurt due to unkind and harsh words spoken to them, causing them to go through depression or feeling worthless. “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” (Prov. 12:25). Good friends always encourage their friends when they are feeling low. In the Bible, we see the friendship of Jonathan and David. Jonathan’s father King Saul wanted to kill David out of jealousy, but his friend protected him and always encouraged him.
The Bible talks to comfort each other and edify one another (1 Thess. 5:11). Our job is to uplift a person and not bring them down. Paul the apostle said, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Eph. 4:29). James 3:6 says, “The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.” We must be careful to tame our tongue even when we are angry. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov. 15:1).
Our words and actions are recorded in heaven. Jesus said, “Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matt. 5:22) and “For every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matt. 12:36). Are the words that we speak a blessing to others?