“Words are gifts.”

These are the words the Lord spoke gently to my heart a few days before Christmas.

I was wrapping a present I had for my daughter, Breanne.  It was not something purchased, but something handmade.  Within the gift, I placed a note, sharing in words the sentiment behind this gift.

As I placed the tape on the gift, God spoke to me saying, “Words are gifts.”

He reminded me of the gifts Breanne had given me the last few years for my birthday.

Several years ago she gave me a charm bracelet.  Each year she gives me one charm.  While I always love the charm, it is the note that accompanies the charm, explaining why she chose that particular charm that means the most to me.  Those notes are some of the most precious things I own.  I treasure them.

Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Proverbs 15:4 in the Amplified says, “A soothing tongue, speaking words that build up and encourage, is a tree of life…”

Words are indeed gifts.  With our words we bring healing to the soul.  With our words we build others up or tear them down.

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for building up, that it may give grace to the listeners.”

Job 4:4 in the Amplified Bible states, “Your words have helped the one who was stumbling to stand.” 

In my life, I have often needed an encouraging word to continue to stand in faith.

God has been faithful to send that encouraging word, either through my reading His Word or through a person.

May our words help always those who are stumbling to stand in faith.  May our words consistently bring healing and hope!

We are all familiar with Proverbs 18:21 which tells us there is life and death in the power of our tongue.  We have all heard message after message about speaking the right words over what we are believing God for.  It’s necessary if we are going to see the promises of God manifest  – we must speak life over them.

I once read something that captured my attention.  It read, “Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.  1.  Is it true?  2.  Is it necessary?  3.  Is it kind?”

Is it true?  Don’t spread things about people or any situation that you don’t know to be truth.  Furthermore, don’t believe everything you hear about someone – ask God to show you their heart and the truth.

Is it necessary?  This always takes me back to the day I interviewed Joyce Meyer.  She made a statement to me which she immediately retracted.  She quickly explained, “Please delete that, even though it is true, it would produce no good fruit.”  Those insightful words have stuck with me for many years.  If your words will not bear good fruit, there is no reason to sow them, is there?

Is it kind?  Oh my!  This is the one we must watch diligently.  Especially when we know a truth about someone that would harm their character or hurt them in some way.  Before you repeat something negative about a person, even something true, ask yourself this question.  Is it kind?  If it is not, take it to the Lord and keep your mouth shut.

Word are gifts.  What gifts are you giving today?




Meditate on this

What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.  Matthew 15:11