Aussie culture sometimes seems to favour the negative. With our ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ and laconic sense of humour, we often seem more inclined to indulge in criticism and cynicism than to give praise and encouragement. Here are some keys to help you watch your words!
1. Speak encouragement (literally ‘to give courage to’)
Pr 10:21 The lips of the righteous encourage many, but fools die for lack of sense.
Pr 12:25 Worry weighs down the heart, but an encouraging word cheers a person up.
The ability to encourage others is a mark of maturity.
2. Speak life
John 6:63 The words that I say to you are spirit, and they are life.
Our words can bring new life and a sense of hope, even in difficult situations.
3. Speak with faith
Respond to challenges you are facing with words of faith, and help others who are going through difficulties to have faith in God’s promises.
4. Speak Positive
Ps 37:30 The mouths of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice.
Mat 15:11–12 (NLT) It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”
Keep your conversation geared to the positive. Learn to curb criticism, gossip and making demeaning remarks. Avoid being overly cynical and indulging in mocking, scornful, or coarse language. Dwelling on the negatives will only drag you further down.
5. ‘T-h-i-n-k’ before you speak: Ask yourself: Is what I am about to say
These keys can apply to friendships, families, marriages, and in the church and work arenas.