Our words have power. Better yet your words have power. Proverbs says that the tongue has the power of life and death (18:21). It also says, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (16:24). What you say to people, if in person, by phone, email or even text can be an encouragement to them. To paraphrase Dr. David Jeremiah-“Encouragement is speaking truth to people’s fears.” You can speak life to people.
But where do these words of life come from? Jesus said that what is on the inside of our heart is where our words come. (Matt 12:34) What is going on inside of us is most of where the words of encouragement come.
Part of these words will just come from a constant feeding on God’s word in the Bible. We must also remember that the still small voice is where we get some laser-like precision to speak to people’s fears. God would speak to your heart so you can speak to the heart of others. Some of that for me is asking God to give me the right words for the right people.
As part of this ministry I have been amazed again and again how a phrase that God will throw into my head before or during a conversation is just the right word for that person. The key for me is to be willing to listen to God so that I have the words to speak. Are you willing to spend time in prayer listening so that you can bring words of life to a friend in need?