“As a tree gives fruit, healing words give life, but dishonest words crush the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 (NCV)
‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but calling will never hurt me’. You ever heard this saying as a kid? It’s a nice saying but it’s not actually true. The truth is, calling people names, speaking bad of people, gossiping, backbiting, lying, being dishonest really hurts people, it really brings them down. The Bible here says dishonest words crush the spirit. You ever felt really crushed when someone said something nasty to you? I’m pretty sure all of us will have been crushed by somebody’s words at some point in our lives. But the Bible says the opposite is also true. Today’s verse says healing words give life. If we’re gonna be people who shout Jesus, we need to be people some speak words of healing, words of hope, words of faith and words of encouragement into people’s lives.
Cube Challenge: Think of which one of your mates need some encouragement today, have a think of some ‘healing words’ you can speak into their life. Think of two different things you can encouragement you mate with today.