Kind Words Bring Life

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What if all the things we said to people were written with a permanent marker on their faces?

What if we were the only ones who could see what we had said?

We would be happy and relieved to see things like, “I love you” written there.

Or things like—

“You’re doing a great job!”

“I will be there for you.”

“I will pray for you.”

“You are such a good friend.”

But how would we feel when we saw someone and read things like–

“I hate you.”

“You are so stupid! Can’t you do this job right?”

“I don’t have time for you.”

We surely forget many of the things we say to others.

What if weeks or years go by before we see them again, and then suddenly there they are–with those things that we said to them written all over their faces.

We may forget.

But sometimes, they don’t.

If you have said positive, loving things, you are both encouraged.

If you have said negative, hurtful things, you are both likely to feel regret and pain.

Our words begin in our thoughts and emotions.

What kind of words does God want written on the person you are talking to?

Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.

—Proverbs 15:4

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