We all need a kind word!

Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
    but a kind word makes him glad.
Proverbs 12

What a wonderful verse to inspire us to encourage the body of Christ!

Think of the dozens of things that cause anxiety, and weigh a heart down ...

loss of a job
death of a loved one
fight with a spouse
feeling ugly
a defiant child
disappointing news
not enough money to pay the bills
an adoption that feels like it will never become final
a rift with a friend
fighting to make a "c" in a class that is beyond your skill level, but required
sick children
ailing parents
singleness, when the heart's desire is for marriage and family
being far away from family

All of these things can create feelings of frustration, fear, and discontentment, but Scripture says that a kind word makes the heart glad!  Not a kind gift, a bucketful of money, or a five-paragraph essay filled with hundreds of words of affirmation and praise. 

One word.

A KIND word.
A word that is able to evoke HOPE and JOY.

So what can we say to the heart that is being crushed under the weight of the cares of this world?  

I love you.
I'm here for you.
You are important.
You matter!
You do not have to walk through this alone.
The Lord will never leave you or forsake you.
I'm sorry.
I understand.
I'm praying for you - and I won't stop until the Lord answers!
I am thankful for you.
You can do this!
God is always faithful ... don't forget His character.
Don't quit!
Don't quit!
Don't quit!
It is a privilege to call you friend.
You can do ALL THINGS through the Lord's strength!
Our God is not a God of fear.  Trust Him.
There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother ... I am that friend ... let me love you through this.

And I am confident there are a thousand more!

All of us have days that leave us feeling weary and down-trodden.  All of us know what it feels like to be overwhelmed, wondering if there will ever be an end to our current trials.

And each of us have experienced the joy that comes when a friend takes the time to find us and say, "I am here - and I love you!" 

Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
    but a kind word makes him glad.

Lord, may we be people who continually seek to understand the hearts and minds of those around us.  
Because it is only when we understand ... when we ask the questions that matter ... when we draw out the concerns, the struggles, the fears ... it is then that we can speak the kind word - the right word - and make the hurting heart GLAD once again.
Thank You, Lord for such a gift as this!
To be used by You to bring hope and healing to Your children is a privilege not to be taken lightly ... nor one to be ignored.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.  Hebrews 10:24,25

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