Read Proverbs 16:24
When I think of pleasant and gracious words, I think of my mom. For those of you who haven’t had the privilege to meet my mom, she is one of the sweetest, kindest, most compassionate, caring and nurturing people you will ever meet. She has always been one to encourage and counsel just about everyone. It is so incredibly rare for her to lose her temper and speak harshly that I honestly can’t remember an example. It seems that just about every word that comes out of her mouth is calm, biblical and encouraging.
There were so many times that she would do so little as to say that she loved me or was praying for me and that was enough to give me the energy, confidence and love to make it through that day. Day in and day out in early elementary school, she would tell us kids to “walk straight.” That was it. That is such a simple phrase but it packed such a big punch. That was her way of telling us to act in a way that glorified God, speak in a way that brought other people the energy, confidence and love that she shared with us, and ultimately to be an example of Christ to the people who we would interact with.
Similar to Jacob in the Old Testament, I am naturally a soft-spoken and gentle homebody. I would say that I get this from my mom. It has benefited me so much to have my mom pour gentle and encouraging words over me that I strive to live my life in the same way. I want people to have an interaction with me and leave encouraged and feeling like they belong.
You may be more outspoken or have other differing personality traits than myself. However, how can you be gentle with your words? Ecclesiastes is famous for saying there is a time for everything. There is a time for aggressive and maybe even loud words; however, how can you capitalize on the gentle moments to speak life into people?
I can tell you from experience that a gentle word, at the right time, can boost my spirit and my morale like nothing else. Thanks, Mom, for being such a godly example to me and so many others. While she isn’t perfect, I challenge you all, including myself, to be gentle with your words. You never know . . . the words that you use at the time that you say them, have the power to change the world.