Wonderful Words of Life

Usually, when asked how I am doing, I reply, “Oh, I’m good,” even though I may not be doing so well. I believe that reply comes because of my personality type and because there are so many suffering people. Recently, however, in a meeting in a local church, I sat down by a long-time friend. When she asked how I was doing, I opened up to tell her I was feeling down, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I shared that I felt part of it was caused by several straight days of rain and no sunshine. She smiled sweetly and squeezed my hands in encouragement, which caused me to smile and to feel better. A few days later a beautiful potted plant of bright yellow daisies appeared on my doorstep. The card read, “Until the sun comes out again.” Even though it wasn’t signed, I knew it was from my friend with whom I had shared by woes. Those words and kind deed certainly encouraged me and lifted me up, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Timely-Encouraging-Pleasant

The words were timely. “A word spoken in due season (at the right time), how good is it!” (Proverbs 15:23)!

The words were encouraging. “”Heaviness in the heart…maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad” (Proverbs 12:25).
The words were pleasant. “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).

Interestingly, that morning when the daisies arrived, I was reading a devotional about words of encouragement and was challenged by these statements: ”Our words of encouragement can greatly help others.” “What opportunities do I have to give someone the words of encouragement they need?” I asked the Lord to keep me alert to the needs of others and to give wisdom to offer words of encouragement and to do kind deeds. Every day these opportunities abound. My part is to genuinely listen, then respond with words that are timely, encouraging, and pleasant.

Words of Encouragement

May I offer a list of encouraging words that have helped me and that I have learned to genuinely offer others?

Let me help you. – I’m thankful for you.
I forgive you. – You are special to me.
I’m proud of you. – I am praying for you.
I love you. – I am here for you.
I care. – Thank you! – I am sorry.

Wonderful Words of Life

Wonderful words were spoken by our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. They are timely, encouraging, and pleasant. We can hear them every day by listening through the pages of His Word.

“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you.”– John 15:9

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6

“Let not your heart by troubled… I go to prepare a place for you… I will come again,  and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.”  – John 14:1-3

“Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” – John 8:11

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish…” – John 10:28

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace…be of good cheer.” – John 16:33

“It is the spirit that quickeneth… the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” –John 6:63

“Wonderful Words of Life”
by Phillip P Bliss – 1874

Sing them over again to me,
Wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see,
Wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty
Teach me faith and duty.

Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life.

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord,my strength, and my redeemer.”– Psalms 19:14

Like my friend, and the example of the Lord, let’s be alert to the needs of those around us and respond with wonderful words of life that are timely, encouraging, and pleasant.

This is written because I care…

The Silent Word

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