A Raw Cup of Kindness {Day 3}

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Day 3 – {Kind Words}

I’ve spent fifteen years as a secondary school English teacher.  I’ve spent hour after hour showing enquiring minds what people can do with words.

Words that are soft with assonance and raucous with onomatopoeia.  Words that create images of places that have never been, breathe lives into people who have never existed.  Words can make your heart sigh with gentle gladness or can rile you up with righteous indignation.

Words have power.

Language is power.

I have seen children blossom and thrive with a word of praise.  I have seen children weep in corners from a word uttered to cut them down.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”

is a lie.

Proverbs 18:21 says death and life are in the power of the tongue.

James 3:6 says the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.

Proverbs 15:4 says a gentle tongue is a tree of life.

Our words can build up, or strike down.  They can edify and they can tear apart.  Words can melt hearts and heal wounds.  They can poison minds and they can cause division.

We can choose to use our words for harm or for good, we truly have the power of life and death in our hands when we open our mouths.  How we speak, what we say, even what tone of voice we use…and once it’s said and once it’s heard, you can’t undo it.  You can’t unsay it.  If someone speaks a harsh word to you, you can’t unhear it.

But oh, how lovely our words can be! How a kind word can be the sunshine in someone’s rainy day!  How a word spoken softly can be a stitch in someone’s wound!

Proverbs 16:24 says this:

Proverbs 16 24

Kind words are like honey – like honey! Sweet and full of flavour…have you ever dropped a spoonful of honey in to a tea, or on to a slice of toast, or stirred it through a cake…?  It transforms what it touches…makes it sweeter, tastier…how our words can do this too!

AND it’s healthy for the body…honey is antibacterial and antiseptic…how our words can be just the same!  Our words can restore.

Let us remember our words today…use them with wisdom and kindness, remembering what power we yield when we open our mouths.  Let’s be honey in a world that could do with being a little sweeter.

Grace and love

Helen x

Comments

  1. Joyce reid says:

    So true. How we speak to people and the tone of voice and content of speech can either hurt them or heal them.

    Like

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