Words of an Encourager
Words that build up (Ephesians 4:29)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
As Christians, we should aim to bring glory to God in all we do, and this applies to the words we speak. In situations where we are surrounded by damaging words and harmful gossip, we can be the light by countering destructive words with compassion, humility and love (1 Peter 3:8).
Sometimes we are tempted to join in with certain kinds of conversations to protect ourselves from standing out; it’s tempting and easy to join in with gossip, or make jokes at the expense of others. I know that sometimes I do this if I’m jealous of other people, or if I want to try and look funny, smart or popular.
But, it’s right that we glorify God, and this means we should display His light and love in the words we speak. So what does this look like? Well, the bible tells us to encourage one another daily (Hebrews 3:13). What a challenge for us as we start the week ahead!
Father God, Please give us courage to speak in a way that is honouring to You, even when we have to step outside our comfort zones to do so. Please give us the courage to speak words of encouragement to the people in our lives, and be a light for You as we do so. Amen.
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 and now co-edits alongside Hannie. She is in her final year studying Music at Durham University, and while she will be sad to leave the beautiful little city, is looking forward to returning to her hometown Cambridge for a brand new chapter. She has big plans for More Precious in 2015!