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The Word of Encouragement (4 of 5)
Series: Proverbs - Roadmap for Living
Introduction: Words. The power of our words is set out in the book of Proverbs as having positive or negative power. You already know how powerful words are. We can use our words to bring joy or sorrow, healing or hurt, discouragement or encouragement. Proverbs says words are like a hammer, a fire, a cup of cold water on a hot day. Have you ever known someone that believed in you and let you know it by frequently speaking words of encouragement and praise? This is the kind of person who made you believe in yourself, in your future, and that you could do whatever it takes to get there.
I. THE POWER OF ENCOURAGING WORDS
1. Proverbs 10:11
NKJV: The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
The Message: The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.
2. Proverbs 12:18
NKJV: There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.
GNT: Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.
NET: Speaking recklessly is like the thrusts of a sword, but the words of the wise bring healing.
NLT: Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
3. Proverbs 18:21
NKJV: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
GNT: What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.
The Message: Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit-you choose.
4. Proverbs 12:25
NKJV: Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.
KJV: Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop, but a good word maketh it glad.
NLT: Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. (NLT)
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