Gracious Words

Dec 8, 2016  |     |   General

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

“And to say gracious words is brave.  To speak life into someone else takes courage.  Whether you are correcting in love, standing up for the voiceless, praying for the sick, or praising and loving others, your words are changing the atmosphere.
Don’t be afraid.  Be brave.  Say the things that will speak truth and heal.  Hold your tongue in anger or fear–those are the times when a coward speaks.  But when the moment comes to say the gracious thing that will make a heart forever?  Say it.  Speak love, and watch as beautiful things come to life.”  –Annie Downs, “Let’s All Be Brave”

     I read this recently during my morning devotions, and this Proverb stuck out to me.  Gracious words.  What does it mean to have someone speak a gracious word over my life?  It is a rare gift indeed when someone chooses gracious words.
     Gracious means showing God’s divine grace, which is kind, compassionate, and merciful.  When situations are hard, how much easier is it to react in frustration, anger, blame?  It is so much easier!  But it takes more courage to speak love to others. 
     When we hear a gracious word spoken to us we feel validated, accepted, and sometimes it’s just what we need to heal us to further move forward.  Words can have death and life in our lives.  What we speak can change the trajectory of someone’s life forever.  We never know unless we take that brave step and decide to encourage, not tear down. 
     I pray that we stop and think what we say and that we will be more gracious, especially during the Christmas season.  Then it would truly be a season of blessing!
     Instead of getting burned out thinking all the extra tasks we have to do this time of year, may we thank the Lord for giving us the chance to show God’s grace to the community we serve.  Let’s pause and be gracious to one another and speak life to each other, our guests, our families, and our friends.  Even when our backs are pushed against the wall, would we choose to be gracious!
     I believe that our gracious words can point others to Jesus.  I believe that this Christmas, words can be used to bring beautiful things to life, to change stories, and to break chains forever!

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director