Pleasant Words

    untitled (27)Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.  Proverbs 16: 24

Pleasant words – words that encourage and lift up, words that minister life and grace and love and mercy.  Heard many of those lately?  Spoken many of those lately?  Sometimes, I have to admit, I am careless in my speech.  I speak from habit and convention.  People ask, “How are you? and I say “fine” whether I am or not.  And no one seems to really care.  And I think what difference does it make?

The woman at the counter at Walgreen’s knows me better than that though.  I can’t dismiss her concern; it is genuine.  I find myself being honest with her and she is honest with me.  We are both in pain more hours of the days and nights than we care to count anymore. How refreshing that honesty is and it opens the door for pleasant words to flow back and forth.

Because we can be honest with each other, I can encourage her and she can encourage me.  It is a pleasant exchange, but Proverbs would lead me to believe it is much more than just that.  It is actually sweet to my soul and healing to my bones. And hers.

It is good for us to have those people in our lives who speak pleasant words and it is good for us to be those people in other’s lives.  Who, but God, knows what kind of healing we could bring to others just from saying pleasant words?  What about you?  When you aren’t “fine”, do you have someone you can receive encouraging words from,  someone who is open and honest with you?  Can you be that kind of person to someone God puts in your path today?

Lord, forgive me for the times I have been careless in my speech.  Or worse, forgive me for the times I have been indifferent.  Help me to minister to others with pleasant words.  Help me to speak to myself with pleasant words.  Help me when I am harried, or anxious or in pain to remember that one word can make a difference if it is spoken in love and it is pleasant.  Amen.

New Address

For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.  Colossians 1: 13

When we begin our new life with God through Christ Jesus, we are not only relationally changed, we are positionally changed.  Our old address is the domain of darkness and our new address is the kingdom of His beloved Son.  Things operate differently in this kingdom than they do at our old address.  In this kingdom we are told that the way to life is to die to ourselves, that giving is better than receiving, that miracles are the norm and not the exception.  The currency that moves things in the domain of darkness is money, but the currency that moves things in the kingdom of His beloved Son is faith.

Remember the story of the woman with the issue of blood?  She had spent all her money on doctors to no avail.  Money that is the currency of that kingdom did nothing for her when she needed healing.  I don’t know about you but I have spent a good deal of money on doctors to be here today in pain and having no answers coming forth from them anymore.  Sometimes, even though money is the currency at my old address, it simply doesn’t always bring the goods I need.

Jesus, seeing that woman’s faith, healed her.  The currency in the kingdom of my new address brought about her healing.  Faith still moves the hand of God.  Faith can bring the goods that money can’t.  (I am not saying don’t see doctors; please don’t hear me wrong).  Romans 10:17 tells us this:  So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).  And did Jesus say?  He said, “Your faith has made you well. Go in peace”.

Jesus, my Healer, my Savior, my Soon and Coming King, how I love that You love me, that You see me, You see the faith I have and the gap between my faith and trust.  Help my unbelief, help me to trust.  How I long to hear You whisper those words to me – your faith has made you well.  Go in peace.  Thank You for I know I will hear them.  Amen.