October 20th 2009

The Encourager

“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad”

Proverbs 12:25 (KJV) 

Our world is full of trials and problems. Every day people we meet are facing pain, suffering and anguish, often unseen and unknown to the outside world. Often they bear their difficulties bravely, but always the burden causes them to stoop, to be less alive than they could be. How painful can ill-conceived words be to someone who is already worn out with worry and stress? 

We of all the physical creation have the ability to express encouragement with our speech. We share this beautiful world with billions of others and we can make it even better for those we meet in our daily routine. We should ask ourselves, “Do I realise that I can put a little gladness into someone’s life the next time I speak to them?”  Who knows what a lift that may give them? 

Speech is one of the greatest gifts God has given us and he expects us to use it to serve one another. A word of encouragement is a Godly use of this precious gift. Let’s use our speech with care and with good intentions and so bring gladness to others and glory to God. 


Father in Heaven, As I make my way through this day let me be a source of encouragement to those I meet by the words that I use.


Study by David Stirk 

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