His self-esteem is nothing. He has been told he couldn’t hold a job or even concentrate on anything long enough to bring home a paycheck. Anywhere. He has believed that he could not push a broom or flip a burger or wash a car. His dependency is to rely on the government to provide for him instead. But it isn’t true.
I’m talking about a young man who has been talked to and beaten down with words all his life. In the short time we have known him, my husband and I are amazed at his mind, his ability to communicate with anyone, and his growing knowledge of God’s love for him, a new Christian, still young in his faith.
My heart leaped for joy recently when I heard this young man say to us, “When I buy my car, I’m going to drive over to your house (after I get done with work) and show it to you!”
Wait a minute! He said he was going to buy a car and go to work?! How did he get to the place that he could make that statement? It came by the same means that his wrong thinking had come – through words. But these weren’t words that tear down, these were words of encouragement, given to him by my husband. These were Words of Truth from God’s Word. Powerful, wonderful words.
They can change a life.
They can lift a stooping heart.
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
They can also destroy.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
So, who will you be talking to today? Your husband, child, co-worker, friend, parent, a stranger? What kind of words will you give? How will you know what to say? Ask for the right words from the One Who gives us His Word to teach us.
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt,
that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Please understand that I’m not talking about syrupy words that won’t ever tell the truth in love. Sometimes straight-talk with a tender heart is necessary. But I’m talking about using our speech wisely – seasoned with “grace and salt.”
Our words are plentiful, but let’s make sure we’re using them in the right way so that we build up and encourage rather than tear down and destroy!