Sticks and Stones…
11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain;
the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions
Words are like water. They can build up and refresh or they can tear down and drown. Only the Living Water of Jesus can consistently keep our words godly.
“Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This couldn’t be further from the truth! Believe me, I’ve learned with my three daughters. This is especially true is close relationships like a husband and wife. Having a relationship with someone you are committed to for life in spiritual, emotional, and physical intimacy, gives you a tremendous amount of influence in their life. I quickly found this to be true in my marriage relationship with Raegan. I have the ability with my words to destroy or to create my wife’s confidence, self-image, mood, closeness, and spiritual growth!
I’ve messed this up so many times. I can be bad about sarcasm, dismissing, minimizing, insensitivity, questioning, anger, etc. Instead, words should be like refreshing water. We need to be drinking from the source, so we can refresh others with our words. The Bible says we “are filled from the abundance of Your house; You let them drink from Your refreshing stream, for with You is life’s fountain” (Psalm 36:8-9). As I’ve grown closer in my relationship with Jesus, my relationship with Raegan, my daughters, and others have been better characterized by refreshing words and life-giving growth.
Refreshing words not only refresh others, but I’ve found it has a mutual building up effect as well! “Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Prov. 11:25). The powerful living water of Jesus refreshes our souls. I believe the Holy Spirit moves through His church as we minister to each other and spur each other on.
Do your words refresh or drown others? Find ways to encourage others this week with your words!
Questions To Ponder
What‘s the prerequisite for speaking as a source of life to others?
Do you live this kind of righteous life each day?
Are there people that you need to speak a positive word of encouragement to? Someone in your family? A friend? A co-worker? A stranger?
Scripture Memory | February | Proverbs 18:2
“Fools have no interest in understanding;
they only want to air their own opinions.”