Together in Christ: 'The Power of a Kind Word' — Proverbs 12:25

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
— Proverbs 12:25 NLT

Key Thought

We can easily over-think the best way to bless people with all touchiness over different labels, identifiers, and politically correct language in vogue today. Isn't it refreshing to be reminded of God's simple relational truth for us in today's verse? Share a kind word. That kind word can be a blessing that cheers the anxious, encourages the disappointed, and comforts the downhearted. And, because kindness is part of the Spirit's fruit in our lives, [1] we know the Holy Spirit is at work to give us an appropriate kind word in whatever situation we are engaged. [2] We can share our hope and our kind words with gentleness and respect and trust that God will use our kind words to bring them a blessing! [3]

[1] Galatians 5:22-23.
[2] Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11-12.
[3] 1 Peter 3:15-16.

Today's Prayer

Father, I need Your help and Your wisdom to listen to those around me and have the ability to offer them a kind word. You have blessed me so richly, Father, so please use me to be a blessing. I ask this in Jesus' name and to share my hope in Jesus with others. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Proverbs 16:19-24
  • Ephesians 4:14-15, 25-32


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Illustration of Proverbs 12:25 NLT — Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

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Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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