Do you poke ears or perk them?

Last week while talking to a friend, I expressed some frustrations I was experiencing with someone else. This person with whom I was frustrated with had attempted to give constructive critisism, but did not do it in a very gentle manner.
My friend had jokingly asked me if I had poked this person with a stick, and in the flesh I thought, “No, but I am sure I could’ve poked them with some words”… I then thought about what I was thinking. How often do we speak out of anger or frustration and poke someone’s ears with our words? The bible likens our tongues unto the rudder of a ship. Although the rudder is small, it is what steers the ship. Although are tongue is a very small part of our bodies, it can steer our lives in so many ways. Words can make or break someone.
(Read James 3:1-12).

Proverbs 15:1 reads: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” We can either poke someone’s ears and hurt them by what we say, or we can perk their ears and build them up. When someone hears something that tares their confidence down, they are not likely to listen to what we have to say in the future. On the other hand, if we say something in a gentle manner, their ears will perk up, and we will be more likely to be heard.
Here are just a couple more of the many scriptures that instruct us to use wisely the power of our words:
Ephesians 4:29
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
James 1:19
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”

This week, may we all be challenged to be careful with what we say. Let’s take the time to think before we speak. Find someone who needs an encouraging word. Maybe a friend is hurting and discouraged. Maybe you’ve recently hurt someone with a harsh word, and they need an appology. Maybe someone just needs a hug, a smile, a shoulder to cry on, or a listening ear. Whatever it is, I pray that God will show each and everyone of us at least one person who could use a gentle word today.
Let’s not poke ears, but let’s perk them!


November 12, 2007. The Monday Meal.

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