When our team met in Omaha before leaving for Africa we paused and prayed that we would be “A modern day Barnabas” people of encouragement. I have thought a lot about this fact since coming home and seeing the power that we have to build up, encourage, lift up with mere words.
Sadly to say the opposite can be very true as well. That is for another letter.
Take a moment with me and ask in our last conversations, have we spent more time being critical, complaining, backbiting with our communication than we have building up and encouraging?
I love these checks from the Word of God when it comes to communication:
-Ephesians 4:29, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
-Proverbs 16:21, “The wise in heart will be called discerning, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”
-Proverbs 16:23,24, “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
There are many more texts in scripture giving guidance with the right use of communication that I could use but these are three that have really been good for me.
I write this today, as I just received a note from a waitress that we had in an African restaurant that “friended me along with some of her friends” on Facebook because of our kindness to them.
Uplifting, encouraging, supportive communication truly makes a difference in all facets of life.
Striving together for His glory,