Make your words sweet.

Make your words sweet.

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 NIV

My phone sang to me that Wednesday morning. I had a new text message. My friend had no idea of the issues I was going through right then, but sent a message speaking peace over me. Her words were used by God at exactly the moment I needed them most…perfect…on time…precise. And then we question, Is there a God who cares?

Words have such power over us. They can calm a crying baby, incite a crowd to anger, bring peace to a troubled nation, or pierce the heart of the broken. What we say and how we say it can turn the whole conversation into healing or hurting.

God has a way of reminding us, with words spoken directly from His heart, how much He loves us. Through His Spirit He whispers sweet words that heal from the inside out. He gave us a complete volume with sixty-six books filled with His love story to us. But I also believe He uses modern technology to speak to us through His people and His Spirit.

That morning God reminded me in the most intimate way that He knew my need, and He was working all things for my good and His glory. Her text was His loving embrace to me as confirmation of all He had been doing in my life.

Words really do matter. Our words can hurt or they can heal. They can encourage or tear down. Build someone up and chances are you’ll find yourself feeling better too. Solomon knew a thing or two that still work today. My friend’s words brought healing and encouragement to my soul and showed me God knew my need. Choose your words wisely and God can use you to minister to someone who’s hurting or seeking an answer to life’s problems.

Look for ways to encourage through your words. Not only will they be blessed, but you will be too and the Lord will be glorified!

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imageCindy O’Brien has several years of writing experience, including Society Editor for The Times Record. She also worked with writing and developing in the advertising department. Cindy’s work with her church newsletter received statewide recognition, and she has written book reviews for Christian school publications. Visit Cindy’s blog at

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