“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” (Prov. 16:24).
My youngest child is in the stage where he can get so worked up about something that his communication skills devolve into unintelligible whining. (He inherited this from me- I’m certain of it.) In these moments I have to remind him, “Take a deep breath. Now… use your words.”
I also need reminders about using my words. The Lord is good to bring to my mind often that I need to talk with my heart full, and if I don’t have anything edifying to say then perhaps I shouldn’t say anything at all.
I really appreciated reading these reminders about using our word in these two articles:
4 Ways a Woman’s Words Can Give Life by Amanda Edmondson on the Resurgence blog
“Whether or not you have ever birthed a baby, by God’s design all women are created to be life givers. God gave us a capacity in our bodies and in our spirits to give life, to nurture, to encourage, and to comfort with our words.”
Give Others the Gift of Being Slow to Speak by Jon Bloom on the Desiring God blog
“Being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry is very hard. James goes so far as to say, “no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). We know what he means. But thank God that “what is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27). God will provide us an escape from temptation if we want it (1 Corinthians 10:13). So as we face conflicts today, if we listen, wait, and respond in the spirit of James 1:19, we will resist the devil (James 4:6) and may participate with Jesus in the destruction of the devil’s works (1 John 3:8) by what we don’t say.”
Here are a couple of posts from our archives on using our words to build one another up:
- Book Review for War of Words by Paul Tripp (reviewed by Lindsey Carlson)
- Talk with Your Heart Full
- How the Gospel Frees Me to Be Honest by Kristen Narara