This is my last post in my series about the power of words. The first post was about the power of words in parenting and the second post was about the power of words in marriage. Today I will discuss the power of words used in friendship.
The Bible says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
Encouraging words and blessings can breathe life into a person.
Over the years, I have enjoyed the different small groups that we have been a part of. In our recent small group, when it is someone’s birthday we try to do an encouragement circle. We take time to speak blessings and encouraging words over the birthday person as they enter into a new year.
Last year my husband decided to make a new tradition and do an “encouragement circle” with our kids on their birthdays. When we go out to celebrate their birthdays, we take a few minutes and each member of our family says something that they appreciate about that person. It is a simple but sweet time to bring life to the birthday person. I want my kids to be the best of friends to one another. I feel this is definitely one way to help develop deeper friendships among them.
I want to be more intentional about speaking words of life to family, friends, and any other people I come into contact with. I am often thankful for different things about people in my thoughts, but I might not mention it unless it is a special occasion. Why wait for a special occasion to tell someone what you appreciate and love about them?
I am going to look for some way to encourage a friend today, will join me and brighten someone’s day in your life?