If someone listened in on your conversations, would their lives be changed for better or worse? Would they hear you speaking about the character flaws of others as if they were physical defects or would they hear that you consider others as beautiful in God’s eyes?
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Proverbs 25:11
When Solomon called kind words “apples of gold in settings of silver,” they are words that can erase years of pain and sorrow. They are words filled with love and acceptance. They are words that are priceless to those who hear them.
Ask yourself if your words or actions build up or tear down. Do your words push others away from you? How have you been affected negatively by hurtful words? In what ways are you guilty of hurting others with your words? It’s never too late to dispense apples of gold in settings of silver.
“If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary’s love. Amy Carmichael
Take a moment to think about your recent conversations. Have you felt nourished by someone’s encouraging words? How did those words lift you up? How did you respond?
Whatever our hands touch –
We leave fingerprints!
On walls, on furniture
On doorknobs, dishes, books.
There’s no escape.
As we touch we leave our identity.
Lord, wherever I go today
Help me leave HeartPrints!
HeartPrints of compassion
Of understanding and love.
HeartPrints of kindness
And genuine concern.
May my heart touch a lonely neighbor
Or a runaway teenager
Or an anxious mother
Or perhaps a lonely widow.
Send me out today
To leave HeartPrints.
And if someone should say,
“I felt your touch,”
May they also sense the love
that is deep within my heart.
Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
Your words have the power of life or death. You can wound another’s spirit or protect another’s dignity by the words you speak. Choose your words wisely. Kindly nourish and uplift those around you.
Seek someone who is downcast and whisper words of encouragement. You never know who needs to hear the words, “I wish you were my friend.” This is my legacy.