- Pr. 15:1: “A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stirs them up.”
- Pr. 15:4: “Kind words are good medicine, but deceitful words can really hurt.”
- Pr. 15:17: “A simple meal with love is better than a feast where there is hatred.”
Don’t we all long for kindness and love? Not everyone is kind and loving, but these Proverbs aren’t wrong. A kind word truly can soothe angry feelings, (I’ve tested it) whereas harsh words do stir them up. (sadly, I’ve pushed it on this one too many times to know)
Kind words are such good medicine. And I’d rather sit and eat a raw potato in the presence of love than a 3-course meal with bickering, strife, sadness, and/or hatred.
I don’t think I’m the exception to this.
- Pr. 15:30: “A friendly smile makes you happy, and good news makes you feel strong.”
Yep! That’s for certain. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone approaching with a big frown or a scowl on their face. And nothing better than seeing a big smile. 🙂
And good news? The effects can sometimes last for days!
Are we still in the business or habit of sharing good news or kind words? Are we being intentional about encouragement and love? Are we trying to make sure our words aren’t harsh or deceitful?
If not, this is a great reminder of the reasons why we should. It matters to us and to the people around us.
Have a happy day! 🙂