The other day I wrote a short post about how the devil loves to use our words to tear others down. Permit me to share the positive side of this truth: the Lord desires to use our words to build others up!

The Scripture says, “Speak not evil one of another, brethren” (James 4:11). But it also declares, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29).

Yes, we are to withhold unkind and hurtful words. Yet how many days we sin against others by withholding kind and helpful words! It is not enough that we do not criticize or accuse. God desires us to speak words that edify and encourage.

Never underestimate the power of one word

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23)

One word spoken in love and kindness can be the very thing that someone needs. Allow yourself to be the Lord’s messenger to someone today. Speak a good word to your spouse, to a child, to those who cross your path, to your pastor or a discouraged friend – to a stranger!

Use the power that you have…the power of one kind word.