"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” - Proverbs 16:24 KJV
I'm sure there are some words that are permantly stuck in your mind. They're probably words other people have said to you and about you, and there's more than likely a mixture of words of anger and critism and words of great love. Which of these phrases bring you joy? Which of these cause you pain? This verse reminds us of the power of our words, comparing pleasant words to sweet honeycombs. They provide health and joy, and never cause the recipient pain. Let's try to speak only "honeycomb words" to everyone around us this week. Let your kind words be the reason for another girl's great joy, not her despair.
To help us with this, I've made a list of 10 Encouraging Things to Tell Friends. I hope you enjoy it!
10 Encouraging Things to Tell Friends
Have fun speaking words of love and encouragement into the lives of your friends!
PS: Love this post? You may also enjoy Annie F. Down's book for teen girls called Speak Love.
Have you ever heard of the Romans Road? It is a group of verses that are great tools for witnessing. They all point to Christ and make it so easy to explain the gospel. I have the first verse that is part of the Romans Road here today. Come back the next few weeks and I will share the whole road with you! Buckle your seatbelts as we head down the Romans Road!
Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
I hope to see you next week when we hit the next stop!
"My soul wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. " - Psalm 62:5-6
What a beautiful verse. It sounds just like poetry, doesn’t it? It has an equally beautiful meaning. Read this verse and ponder it.
Notice that the author writes “He only is my rock and my salvation......” It means that nothing we do, and nothing anybody else does can support you and save you. Doesn’t that make you feel small? God is all powerful and nobody can come even close to what he can do. It’s incredible.
Ponder this verse every day. You will begin to be amazed.
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” - Romans 12:10 KJV
“In honor preferring one another.” “Love others above yourself.” “Treat others how you want to be treated.” God is the God of love. He shows us an abundance of love, and asks us to love others in return. This concept of revolutionary love, serving others before yourself, seems so easy, until we try to put it into practice. When I think back over my week, I notice a lot of times when I was concerned with my needs, my wants, and my to-do lists over whatever my family and friends needed. Can you relate?
This isn’t the heart that Jesus had, and it’s not the heart that God wants for us. Today, will you join me in praying that we will be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, that in honor we will prefer one another, and that God will help us put aside our selfishness and serve others the way Jesus served us?
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" - 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
If someone walks up to you right now and asks you why you are so joyful and full of hope, what will you tell them? This is a hard question. I'd love to say that I would enthusiastically begin talking to the person about God and how he changes our lives, but it seems more likely that I'd mumble something about it being a good day today, and move on. Is it just me?
The truth is, God does change lives, and he does fill the hearts of all who truly believe with hope. In the verse, followers of Christ are challenged to "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope...". Maybe you and I need to do some thinking today about the following questions:
- Am I truly filled with God's hope? And if I'm not, why not? How I can I grow closer to God and become a follower who is perpetually filled with hope?
- Where does my hope come from?
- What would I tell someone who asks me where my hope comes from?
I hope you enjoyed this post!
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." - Hebrews 13:2, KJV
Wow. That’s what I immediately thought when I read this verse. Wow. Take a moment and read that verse again. Let it sink in. Read each word slowly.
Yes, you probably read it right. People have “met” angels by entertaining or caring for strangers.
I’m not really sure if this means that they entertained angels themselves, but they for sure got a sort of blessing, and just by caring for a stranger! How often do we skip by people? How often do we ignore them? I think this verse is saying “Care for people” because we usually forget to do so. I don’t mean that you have to give random people all your money, or invite them to your house, but stop now and then to give someone a track, give them a smile, be pleasant with them, send someone a card. You will find many blessings from doing so.
“And He is before all things, and by him all things consist.” - Colossians 1:17 (KJV)
This verse tells us that God existed before all things, and that all things are “composed or made up of” him. Other translations say that “he holds all things together.” What a picture of glory and power it paints for our God!
Even when the world seems to be spiraling out of control or out of your grasp, God still holds all of this in the palm of his perfect, endless hand. He existed before all other things, and everything is composed and made up of him. We can never outrun God’s love and glory!
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” - Galatians 1:10 KJV
There are probably lots of people in your life that you want to please and be approved by. There are lots of people in my life whose approval I try to earn, like my parents, teachers, youth leaders, friends, and classmates.
However, this verse says that we don’t need to earn anyone else’s approval. In fact, some people may even disapprove when we choose to follow Jesus - and that's ok. When we choose to be a follower of Christ, we are declaring God as the most important thing in our lives, and saying that we will not conform to human opinions. So, while we should respect our leaders and follow their guidance whenever possible, if they ask us to do something that goes against God, or if they disapprove of our faith, then politely walk away. We are not trying to please people. We are working for the Lord.
I love this verse because it is very important. It can be so hard to be bold about our faith when we are being pushed, and shamed, and even bullied for just mentioning God. We can sometimes feel embarrassed or ashamed because we love Christ, but we should not feel that way!
The second part of Hebrews 10:23 has a promise for us if we hold fast to our faith. It says “for he is faithful that promised”. God will be faithful to us if we are bold with our faith. He will always take care of us, and never leave us.
So I would like to encourage you today. Hold fast and stay strong. You will be so glad that you did. Don’t waver under pressure, and if you feel like you are getting weak, pray. God will help you.
But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. -Psalms 71:14
What does "hope" mean to you?
There are lots of different ways to define it. Author Annie F. Downs describes hope as "an anchor that roots us firmly in the Lord so that we don’t drift away". Hope can also be defined as “a feeling of trust” and “grounds for believing something good will happen.” I love these definitions! Now that we know what hope is, let's talk about how hope and praise fit together.
Something that I find interesting here is that the Psalmist put "hope" and "praise" in the same sentence. Hope and praise go hand in hand. Praise reminds us that God is good, even when things don’t seem to be going our way. When we proclaim God's truth, (praise!) it makes it easier for us to believe he truly can do all of those things and that he will make something good happen (hope!).