“If You Can’t Say Something Nice…”

Think with me for a moment… Have you ever had any hurtful words spoken to you? You probably have. At some point in your life, someone has said something that hurt you. Maybe it was a parent… or a sibling… or a teacher or coach or boss… And unfortunately, those words are hard to get out of your mind. You may even be able to remember the day those words were spoken because they made an indelible impression on you. Such is the power of hurtful words.
But, there are pleasant words as well.
In a world of angry and sometimes hurtful words, the Lord wants us to speak some positive, encouraging words. Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb; sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Think about that verse… “pleasant words…”
Words like, “Thank you..” “I love you”…. “You did a good job..” “I am proud of you…”
Those are pleasant words, healing to the bones.
Contrast those words with, “You are an idiot…” “You are stupid…” “You will never amount to anything….”
Pleasant words are far better than hurtful words.
Today, say pleasant words. Tell someone “thank you.” Tell your spouse or children you love them. Encourage someone.
In the children’s movie “Bambi,” Thumper, the cute little rabbit, asked the mama deer what she was going to call her baby?
The mama deer smiled and said, “I’m going to call him Bambi.”
Thumper stood there for a moment, thumping his foot.
“That’s a funny name,” he said.
Thumper’s momma scolded him, very gentle and said, “Thumper, what did your father tell you this morning?”
Thumper hung his head down and said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all!”
Today, let’s speak encouraging words.

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