I have uttered many words over the course of my life, and some not so desirable. In high school, back when we use to walk to and from school regardless of the distance, I would stop to pick up one of my friends, who would endure that very long walk with me.
One day this friend decided I needed to pay him a quarter for every swear word that came out of my mouth, because, apparently, I could swear like a sailor. Here was a guy, telling me, a girl, I had a problem. I’m sure you can appreciate the severity of that situation. Unfortunately, the quarter system didn’t last long.
And speaking of sailors, it wasn’t until I met my husband, that I began to clean up my language. He taught me and showed me what respecting myself looked liked simply by his display of respect toward me with his actions and his words. I am truly a blessed woman!
These days I am an encourager. Encouraging others with words that lift spirits and bring smiles to faces is a part of my identity in Christ. It is a very natural thing for me. Many times I don’t even realize I am encouraging until the words have left my lips.
Now, I know there are many people who have a hard time accepting words of encouragement. My encouragement to you is to look at this from the perspective as a blessing from God. He loves you so much he wants you to know through the words he has given another to express to you. Also, I would encourage you to remember that we encouragers really can’t help ourselves. Words of encouragement burn deep inside of us until they are released.
After all, we were born to say those words.
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29.