Words are Gifts

Words are Gifts

“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 Breanne.  It was not something purchased, but something handmade.  In a note I shared with her why I had given her 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 has given me the last few years for my birthday. 

She purchased me a charm bracelet several years ago.  Each year she gives me one charm.  While I always love the charm, it is the note she adds with the charm, explaining why she chose that particular charm for me 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.

And, I love this scripture in Job.  In the Amplified Bible, Job 4:4 states; Your words have helped the one who was stumbling to stand,

Many times in my life I have needed an encouraging word to continue to stand in faith.  God has been faithful to send that encouraging word through someone.  I pray there have been times when I offered an encouraging word as well.  One that helped others stand when they wanted to fall. 

May our words help those who are stumbling to stand in faith.  May our words 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 words.  We have heard message after message about speaking the right words over what we are believing God for.  That is a necessary thing to do if we are going to see the promises of God manifest  – we must speak life over them.  However, that is not the only place speaking life is vital. 

I read something today that captured my heart.  It said; 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 that you don’t know to be truth.  And don’t believe everything you hear about someone – ask God to show you their heart.

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 said, “please delete that, even though it is true, it would bear no good fruit.”  Those insightful words have stuck with me for 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 for 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

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