Encouraging words make a difference

By: Brad Peterson

Have you ever known someone who believed in you, someone who frequently spoke words of encouragement and praise? The kind of person who made you feel you could do it, whatever “it” was? That’s the kind of person God wants us to be. Paul gave a good guideline when he wrote that everything we say should build up the one who is listening. Julie, my best friend and Reid and Scott, mentors and long-time friends have been that person to me. I just hope somewhere along the line I have been that person to someone. If I haven’t shame on me, but I won’t give up and I will be that person.

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 (Eph 4:29).

The group Hawk Nelson has the song, “WORDS”.

Let my words be life

Let my words be truth

I don’t wanna say a word

Unless it points the world back to you

Several times in my walk with the Lord I have seen the idle things that I have spoken, come to pass in my life. It is true in fact the Lord, and others, listen to our words, our conversations. Be careful of what you say.

To the most basic relationships God provides, encouraging and supporting words to spouses/partners sometimes never occurs. Why? I have good excuse nor answer.

But this is what I will remember to do about it and so can you tonight. Encourage them to hear the applause. For the Christian man and woman, the applause from heaven-God’s approval-is essential. But heavenly applause is sometimes tough to hear. We need to train our ears to hear the voice of Jesus. You can encourage your spouse to do that. God has strategically placed you in your partner’s life to be their live-in encourager.

“I am the one that God chose for this job and with His help I am going to be the best yet! God, thank you for the wonderful life you have given me.”

Let the words you speak be positive, encouraging, uplifting!!!

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