The Power Of Sharing Encouraging Words!

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Encouraging and affirming words—Words of life, as I like to call them—have the power to give hope and to strengthen others to keep growing in righteousness. And if I, a grown woman, need them to keep me going through hard times, my own children and grandchildren need them even more. Positive words act as water and sunshine to our souls to help them grow strong. Yet I have found that very few people really take the time to say those words that all of us, and especially our children and grandchildren, long to hear.

“I love and appreciate you!”
“Your friendship means a lot to me!”
“I believe in you and in what God is doing in your life!”
“You are special to the Lord and to me, and I am praying for you.”

Thinking good thoughts about someone doesn’t really bless that person. We have to take the initiative actually to say the words—in person, through a card or e-mail, or even through a phone call or text message.

As I look to the life of Jesus, I see that he constantly blessed people with his words. He often spoke encouragement and affirmation directly to those around him or affirmed them before others.

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To the woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years, he said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well” (Matthew 9:22). Even as his touch healed her body, his encouraging words must have healed her heart.

 

As Mary of Bethany sat at Jesus’ feet, he spoke words to her sister that were obviously intended for her ears as well: “Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke10:42).  How good those words of support must have felt after she had just been scolded for her poor manners and faulty hospitality.

In God’s Word, we see Jesus pronouncing his favor and appreciation to women who anointed him. Jesus truly had a spirit of appreciation, affirmation, and encouragement.

Jesus was especially careful to uplift and motivate his disciples with his words. From the beginning he spoke of their potential and their future, saying he would make them “fishers of men,” that they would do great wonders, that he loved them just as the Father loved them. And he spoke individual words of blessing they never forgot: “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona,” he said to Peter, “Because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matthew 16:17-18).

Even on the last night before his crucifixion, Jesus built up his disciples with words of love, encouragement, and hope. All through that Upper Room Discourse, he poured out words of love, strength, and comfort that would carry them through the painful days to come and through their lives of service to him.

2016 (4-6-2016) Let our words speak lifeWords Matter! They have the power mysteriously to enter our hearts and minds and lift us beyond the present moment into the presence of God himself. How important it is, then, that we mothers (grandmothers too), shepherds of our children’s lives and hearts, choose our words to them carefully. We must deliberately aim our words at their hearts in such a way as to give our children hope, faith, strength, and also to point them toward the redeeming love of Christ. They are watching, listening and learning from us in our unguarded moments. We can become the affirming voice of God to our children, just as we become a picture of his redeeming reality in their everyday lives. In this way we extend the gift of grace.

 

 

 

Sheila Rhodes

About Sheila Rhodes

The greatest destiny and purpose for me is serving God with ALL my heart, soul and being! My personal relationship with the Lord brings such LIFE as He speaks to me, opens doors of ministry opportunities, and gives me insight into the hearts of others who need a word of encouragement spoken just at the right time.
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4 Responses to The Power Of Sharing Encouraging Words!

  1. Cheryl Drake says:

    Amen! Great word my friend! I so appreciate how you minister to people with your encouraging words and love. You inspire me to do better! Keep loving and speaking words of affirmation into others….it comes back to you! I love you and think you are awesome! You have been a great encouragement to me and you stir me up in the spirit!

  2. Dear Cheryl, “My Spirit Friend” ~ THANK YOU for these wonderful uplifting words. Your words only encourage and motivate me to continue in my writings on my journey with God and to remain diligent in the gifting that He has given to me for others. It’s His gift…not mine. 🙂 You and I have this connection where we both are always “stirred” by the Holy Spirit when we are talking to one another or emailing each other. It is iron sharpening iron! I love you with all my heart. You seem to always know exactly what to say and it’s always the right timing.

  3. Anita says:

    Great reminder!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Good Morning Anita and a big heart “Thank You” for letting me know the posting I wrote on the Power of Encouraging Words was a “Great Reminder.” You just encouraged me. 🙂

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