Weekly message from Cypress Church: Speaking kindly

Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

I was at an event today and a friend, who just seemed to know what was churning in my soul, came up to me, prayed for me and said some very thoughtful and kind words to me. It was just what I needed to hear, soothing my anxious heart and I felt energized, empowered, and ready to take on the challenge ahead. After he walked away, I thanked God, for I knew the Lord had sent him. God does stuff like that. I was so glad this friend listened to God’s prompting and spoke kindness to me.

Speaking kindly is something we all can do. God tells us of its value.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 15:23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man and a word in season, how good it is!

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

‘Fitly spoken’ means at an appropriate time, saying that those who are sensitive with their words and speak kindly at the appropriate time are as precious as hand crafted jewelry. Wow! I wonder if my words are that ‘fitly’ spoken? The truth is, we can be careless with our words.

Proverbs 12:18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Speaking kindly is wise and blesses those around us. Our word choice and the kindness that surrounds them can bless, so we should think about our words.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Colossians 3:12-13 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Too much we just let hurtful words fly – in person, over the phone, on social media. Maybe we should think about what those words sound like and how we would feel if they were said to us. There is just too much hate speech, careless words, and cutting jabs out there. Why not counter that by speaking kindly?

This friend had no idea how incredibly empowering and encouraging his kind words were to me. What if we all sought to be nice and say kind things to others? It could have an empowering effect on others.

Church can be a wonderful place to hear of the kindness of God and be encouraged to share that kindness with others. If you don’t regularly attend a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net. You can even attend one of our live-streaming services on line (see http://live.cypresschurch.net/).