Encouraging Words From Jesus

A kind word, a chance remark, by you can lift someone’s spirits and empower them to put out the extra effort that makes all the difference. Your words have the power to heal a broken heart and mend a wounded spirit.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16: 9-15)

Remember how you felt when somebody praised you and exhorted you to do your best? Chances are, you responded by putting out an extra effort. That’s the power of an encouraging word. That’s the power Jesus drew upon throughout His ministry to inspire His apostles to “preach the gospel to the whole creation.” When the apostles were gathered together in the upper room, Jesus appeared like a ray of sunshine to dispel the doom and gloom. He refused to focus on the negative and “upbraided them” for their lack of faith. He thought positively. He spoke affirmatively. He instilled hope.

Proverbs 18: 21 tells us that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

A kind word, a chance remark, by you can lift someone’s spirits and empower them to put out the extra effort that makes all the difference. Your words have the power to heal a broken heart and mend a wounded spirit.

As Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Once spoken, your words of encouragement can take root, grow and bear fruit for years to come. They may be passed on to others blessing untold numbers of other people.

Eloquence isn’t required on your part, either. Anyone can be an encourager. Some of the most powerful words in the English language are just one syllable long. Positive words like love, joy, faith, hope, pray, praise, great, best, fine, fun and yea - - all pack a powerful punch. Even when they are whispered.

It’s not just what you say but how you say it that makes a difference. Your gestures, your tone of voice and the expression on your face say volumes about how you feel. You have to sound sincere. You have to have a smile in your voice.

People tend to live up to what we expect of them. To bring out the best in others, be quick to compliment slow to criticize. Start with your own household. Imagine your living room is the Upper Room and ask yourself what positive, encouraging things you might say to each family member. Ask them what they would like you to pray for. Find out how you might be a bearer of good news.
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