It is easy, especially in Australia, to use our words to pull other people down. Maybe it is a sarcastic remark, a joke, or just general negative talk. Pulling people down is cheap humour. We might think it is witty and clever. Well go to any school yard and you will find 8 year olds just as witty as you! However you probably won’t find too much words of encouragement on a school playground. I don’t remember too many compliments when I was 8. I never heard this: “What a great haircut you have, you look more handsome today.” Why? Because it takes maturity to build others up and to encourage.
Here are 5 ways to speak:
1. Speak encouragement (to give courage)
Deut 3:28 Instead, commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead the people across the fordan. He will give them all the land you now see before you as their possession.
Prov 12:25 Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
2. Speak Life
John 6 – The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
Start to say. “My business will prosper. I am good enough. I am chosen of God. I am blessed by God. By his stripes I am healed.”
3. Speak with faith
Gen 22:1 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”
4. Speak positive
Psalm 37:30 “The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.”
Use words like “Today is a new day. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. Good things are coming my way.”
5. Speak with praise to God
Psalm 51:15 ” O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.”
The Bible says “the words of the godly encourage many (Proverbs 10:21)”. Are you a Godly person? You can tell by the way you speak to others.