Last week I talked about finding the love that is around us everywhere but sometimes is hard to find. We are inundated with the bad in the world by every form of media there is. It is harder to find things that talk about the good things that are happening in the world around us.
This week the scriptures I read are powerful and not very positive. Yet they make their point. Words are powerful and depending on what words are said, whether they are cruel or kind, those words can cause good things to happen or bad things to happen.
The children’s message for today’s scripture from James is well said. So let us pretend for a moment that we are the children in the Sunday school class.
I am sure all of us can remember times when the words that were said to you were hurtful and unkind. Unfortunately, those words stay with you for a long time. They can mold the person you can become. But you can also use them to become a different person than the one who said those hurtful things to you. You can decide that you don’t want to be like that person who had nothing good to say about you or most likely anyone else.
We can also remember the times when someone says a kind thing to you or gives you praise when you deserve it. For kind words can have even a stronger impact on your life than unkind words. Those kind words can stay with you for a lifetime. They can give you the courage or the confidence to pursue your dreams and to grow into a person who is kind and thoughtful to others.
After reading the scriptures that I had chosen from those suggested in the lectionary, I decided I needed to find something about words spoken in kindness from the Bible.
I found a piece with 10 Bible verses that show the power of our words both kind and not kind. It was written by Victoria from Snail Pace Transformations.
She says;” The saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is dead wrong. Words do hurt.
As a child I was a victim of verbal abuse. Every ill word said to me by a loved one was like a stone thrown at my heart. It took me years and years as an adult to heal the wounds ill spoken words caused. Yet, even though I personally know the damage words can do, I am far from perfect in my speech to others. I too have slung words that I wish I could retrieve.” Haven’t we all been there?
Victoria goes on to say that she reread the book of Proverbs just recently and verse after verse about the power of our words kept jumping off the page. She continues by saying; “Our words are stones. We are nothing but stone throwers with each word we speak. If our words contain beauty people treasure them. If our words contain pain people toss them aside, but not until after they have had to deal with the wound they caused. We get to choose our words. Which ones will you choose?”
These are the 10 Bible verses that Victoria had selected.
Proverbs 11:9 – With their mouths the godless would destroy their neighbors, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
Proverbs 11:12 – Whoever belittles another lacks sense, but an intelligent person remains silent.
Proverbs 11:17 – Those who are kind reward themselves, but the cruel do themselves harm.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:4 – A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words a like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 18:4 – The words of the mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.
Proverbs 18:20 – From the fruit of the mouth one’s stomach is satisfied; the yield of the lips brings satisfaction.
Proverbs 20:15 – There is gold, and abundance of costly stones; but the lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel.
Proverbs 25:11 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Another thing I found when I googled kind words of the Bible is this. This part was written by Fritz Chery.
“Your tongue is a very powerful tool and it has the power of life and death. I always remember when someone helps me with their words. It might not seem like a big deal to them, but I always cherish a good word. Saying kind words to people cheers people up when they are having a bad day.
Kind words bring healing to the soul. They go better with advice. When correcting others no one likes when someone is cruel with their words, but everyone can appreciate and will listen to gracious words. Use your speech to encourage and uplift others. In your Christian walk of faith keep kindness in your speech because it is indeed very valuable. Kind words provide many benefits. Not only to the person it is intended for, but also to the person who is saying them.”
So remember that words of kindness go much farther than words that hurt. In any situation, take a second to think before you speak. Are the words of anger or of discouragement really needing to be said when one looks at the big picture? Will those unkind words accomplish whatever it is that you want accomplished? Unless you want to accomplish hurting that person you are going to spout off to. And even if that is the case, is that really how the person you strive to be would want to act? I certainly hope not. For the more people that are kind to others in this world of ours, the better place it will be.