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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: Kind words matter

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

The word ‘soft’ in Proverbs 15:1 is not weak or benign, but an answer that is kind, gentle, tender-hearted, with thought and calmness. It is a kind, thoughtful response that looks to build up not tear down. All too much we are quick with spewing the venom of hate-speech and venting our frustrations. Yet, kind words matter. I watched a store manager notice and help a person who was struggling with their shopping cart, but then also asked if they were ok. The way that manager asked the question was sincere and heartfelt. The woman looked up with surprise, but then they started to talk. I am not sure what they talked about, but I saw that woman later in the store and she was smiling. Kind words matter.

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.

When we are controlled and gentle in our speech it does build up others and instructs.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

These kind words also encourage and bring life.

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

It takes thought and consideration and looking for words that help, heal, and give grace.

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

How could you be more gentle with your words today?

Church is a good place to not only practice kind words, but to learn God’s way of life. If you do not already have a church you attend, we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. We are a fun, welcoming church that loves God and seeks to live life His way. Each Sunday we study the Bible and have a great time together. We would love for you to join us. Our websitehas all the information you need for times and locations of all our gatherings. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site.

Seeking to be more gentle with words along with you,

Mike McKay, Lead Pastor, Neighborhood Church