“A Good Word”

“Anxious fear brings depression, but a life-giving word of encouragement can do wonders to restore joy to the heart.”

Proverbs 12:25 TPT

A Timely Word

King Solomon, often called “the wisest man that ever lived,” recognised not just the awfulness of depression, but one of its main causes.  Fear. 
There’s a lot of fear mongering going on in the world today. Social media is probably the biggest spreader of fear, through fake news, negativity, and people bickering, arguing and attacking one another. A close second is tabloid newspapers. Fear mongering causes people to lose heart.

A Good Word

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” (Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭ESV)‬

An anxious heart can be helped by a simple ‘good word.’ Encouragement doesn’t cost the giver of it anything, but can be invaluable to the one who receives it. Our words can literally change a person’s life, for the better or worse. And it’s our choice how we use our words.

What is a ‘good word’? Without lecturing or being ‘preachy’ we can encourage people with a few choice words; words that remind them of who God is – how great, how faithful, how good, how loving. Good words are filled with insight, and help recipient gain a proper perspective, and renewed hope. 

Jesus Taught Us How

Jesus led by example, and frequently spoke a simple ‘good word’ to restore hope, peace and joy to the hearts of His disciples and the people He ministered to. Here are just a few examples:

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  (John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭ESV)‬‬

“Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew‬ ‭9:2‬ ‭ESV)‬‬

“And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50 ESV)‬‬

“And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” (Luke‬ ‭8:48‬ ‭ESV)‬‬

“But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” (Luke‬ ‭8:50‬ ‭ESV)‬‬

That last one, from Luke’s gospel, is a wonderful example. With a few choice, simple words Jesus counteracted the affects of the negative, unbelieving words on this father’s heart, replacing his fear with faith and hope.

We can’t begin to imagine the power of a few simple words of encouragement, from hearts and lips surrendered to Jesus. Will you speak ‘good words’ of encouragement to someone today? 

Jill 💜

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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

5 thoughts on ““A Good Word”

  1. I am much happier and less anxious because of my practice of avoiding social media. I do not have to be on it! I know what negative stuff can do to me–it affects every part of me–so I choose to avoid what I can. I do have a blog, but I gave myself a rule: no ranting and raving. I want my blog to be a place where people can come to relax, look at beautiful pictures, read content to get a laugh, or read pieces that I believe are worth the time it takes to read them–and give people something to think about. I don’t want my blog to add to the junk already out there.

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    1. I completely agree. I do have social media accounts, but I tend not to ‘linger’ in them; I just post my blog post, perhaps read and like the posts of a couple of fellow Christian bloggers, and go. 🥰

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  2. I love Jesus example of just a few words. Of course any words He said are powerful whether many or few. Encouragement is important in the body of Christ. It’s quite easy to get discouraged but, like you said, a few words can bring a lot of encouragement to someone who is discouraged. Thanks for this lovely reminder to be encouragers.

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