Pleasant Words

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb,
sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24 King James Version

I have been very sick with the flu for a week. I was getting a little discouraged because I couldn’t sit at my computer to email people and encourage them. Yesterday, my sister emailed me. She was concerned about me and she said kind and loving words to me. About an hour after I received her last email, I started feeling much better. I didn’t hurt and ache like I had been hurting and aching for a week.

Our Scripture verse tells us that “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” I believe if we want to see people get better who have arthritis that if we would start encouraging them on a daily basis that they would start feeling better very soon. We don’t know what is going on in a person’s heart and life. We only know what we see and what they tell us.

We don’t have to go very far to find someone who needs encouragement. Our spouses, our children, our parents and our families need encouragement. They need to know that we love them and care about them. More important than that, they need to know that Jesus loves them unconditionally. When is the last time you hugged your spouse and said “This hug is not from me? It is from Jesus.”

If we would stop discouraging our families with criticizing and judgmental remarks and start encouraging them with kind and loving words, I believe that our homes would be filled with love, warmth and laughter instead of being filled with violence, hatred and anger.

There are too many homes that are filled with cursing, violence, hatred and anger. These things not only hurt our families; they also hurt Jesus. His heart breaks when He hears the terrible things that we say to one another. When He sees us being cruel and mean to someone, He hurts and He has tears in His eyes and in His heart. It is time that we stop hurting our families. We also need to stop hurting our precious Saviour. He deserves to be happy after all that He has done for us.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not loving unconditionally as Jesus has commanded us to love. Please fill our hearts with compassion and unconditional love for our families and friends. Help us to do something kind and say something kind to them every day. May we be children that bring joy to You instead of hurting You by the harsh and criticizing remarks that we make to one another. Remind us, Heavenly Father, that when we say unkind things and do unkind things we are breaking Your heart and the heart of our precious Saviour. Grant that we will have the compassion to love others unconditionally just as You love us. Amen.

JoanneCopyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
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