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 days are spent just putting out fires or trying to keep up with each crises that presents itself at an all too inconvenient time.
No one can continue down a road filled with anxiety for a long stretch of time. It will eventually have adverse effects on oneís emotions and decision making abilities. 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 was torn from Godís plan.
That is until Jesus came and restored our relationship with God who is the creator of the Garden of Eden.
In this world you will find that there are many whose existence is dependent on anger, resentment and unforgiveness. Their words become daggers to those already in pain. But God brings divine appointments into our life of people willing to utter encouraging words that will lift us up and empower us with the ability to move forward in the most dire situation. These kind words are a soothing ointment to a wounded heart. These words 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 someoneís kind words that change a life and offer 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 ache in our souls 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.