SPEAK: Speak By the Spirit – The Power of an Encouraging Word

SPEAK! … By the Spirit™ with
Erica A. Hawthorne

The Power of an Encouraging Word

© 2010 Erica A. Hawthorne

November 1, 2010

“Encourage one another daily.”  -Hebrews 3:12

When I was first introduced to the book, The Five Love Languages I immediately felt that I knew which language was my number one selection, and after I took the quiz, I found that sure enough, my primary love language was words of affirmation.   According to the book if this is your primary love language then “unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward.  Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. “

But I believe that no matter what a person’s primary love language may be, receiving positive affirmations, encouragement or praise has the potential to inspire others to make personal change in their lives and therefore a valuable gift to share as often as we can.  A positive word given at the right time can also heal and comfort.  By turning inward, we can partner with Spirit to offer words of affirmation and encourage those around us.

For those who are grieving or fearful, those who may be embarking into unknown professional or person experiences, or others who feel stuck in their circumstances…to be able to SPEAK positive and encouraging words in the midst of their circumstances is among the great miracles that we can participate in with our fellow human being.

And since our words are so powerful, we should be mindful to resist the urge to speak about others in negative tones, giving energy to the very thing we would hope to release.  Rather, we should speak as if each comment about another is like a prayer for what we’d like them to have, be or do. Our words can help perpetuate a negative or enhance a positive.  For someone who seems to complain constantly, continue to offer up words of possibility.   For someone doubtful, offer words of hope.  You don’t have to ignore the negativity they think and feel, of course be open and listen;  but lovingly return them to the place of love and positivity with the words you share.

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.”  – Dale Carnegie

Imagine how many people live everyday with hopelessness, who have been told negative things throughout their lives…when someone comes along who is inspired by the Spirit to speak to the heart of that person’s situation or circumstance, there is room for a great miracle to take place and the possibility that those very words can create a verbal catalyst for life changes.

Have you ever experienced an instance when a chance meeting with a stranger turns into an instance where they speak just the right words at a critical time in your life?  Or a time when a call to friend turns out to be just the conversation that both of you needed to have and hear to set you back out on your paths with renewed hope and energy?  If so, then you understand why allowing Spirit to do the same through us is such a beautiful and necessary gift.

Are we able to extend our efforts to speak positively to those around us?  Are we mindful of taking the time to express our gratitude to others?  Do we find ourselves being pulled into negative-talk rather than pursuing the neutral or positive reply?

This week, pay attention to all of the opportunities that Spirit presents to us throughout the day to speak positively into someone’s life…and then do so.

The words we possess are free, and the right words lovingly given are priceless. May we spend time this week reaching out and spreading words of affirmation around to those who need it.  You may very well find your blessing is there too.


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