– TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE: “The right word spoken at the right time is as pleasing to hear, as gold apples in a silver bowl are beautiful to behold.” – Proverbs 25:11 (JCV)
When was the last time you had a bad day? Think about how worn out and frazzled around the edges you felt. Then someone came to you unexpectedly and gave you a word of encouragement. Or, maybe even prayed with you to receive extra grace and strength from God. Suddenly your spirit was lifted and you felt much better. You thanked your friend – and God, for sending them at the right moment to encourage you.
Not only do we need uplifting people around us when we’re down, but we also need to return the blessing by being an encouragement to others. In our busy world, we need to take the time to give other people a word of hope, agree with them in prayer, or simply lend a listening ear.
Self-centered people only care about having their own needs met. But as followers of Jesus we also need to be sensitive to the needs of others. Jesus teaches us that mercy and compassion will be shown to those who also show mercy and compassion to others. (Matthew 5:7) We must ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to speak the right words at the right time, whenever He sends someone across our path to encourage them and be their friend.
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