By Marni Montanez
Proverbs 12:25 New International Version
25. Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.
There are endless possibilities that can weigh down oneís heart. These possibilities attack us from every side and in every way. Sometimes our life is spent just putting out fires or trying to keep up with the problems that present themselves at an alarming rate.
Who can continue for a long period time on this road of anxiety without it affecting their emotions and ability to be effective in the day to day challenges?
Nobody. We were created for the garden of Eden, not for the rat race. Godís plan was for us to walk out our lives in peace and splendor, but after Adam and Eveís fall, the garden of Eden became our distant home.
The mercy of God is endless also and He is very aware of the world we live in. It is not the world He created; it is a world of sadness and violence and distrust. It has been built on manís greed and selfishness and Satan's deception.
This is our reality and God, knowing what our great need would be, made provision for our wounded souls by giving us the gift of kind words. These words are full of power and penetrate through the darkest despair. Kind words were meant to infiltrate the tunnel of hopelessness the enemy tries to pull us into.
Many times it is in someoneís kind words that changes a life and offers a different point of view to those who are falling apart or ready to give up. Kind words bring hope, nurturing and nourishment to our souls. They express the heart of God and His desire to encourage us through one another.
Some people have the spiritual gift of speaking kind words into someoneís emptiness and causing life to flourish. They are like healing ointment that soothes the aching heart and encourages the weary to go one more step. It is in the kindness of words where the power to heal manifests. Kind words are life giving.
Challenge: choose to speak kind words to others. Itís that simple.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.