Ephesians 4:29 says” Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
How would you encourage a person? Sounds like an easy question right? And yet many people struggle with it. Through the course of our day we come in contact with people who are hurting. Often times we could be in the grocery store or the bank and we will ask the clerk or teller how are you today? And his or her respond could throw us for a loop because the respond we are hoping for is that they will say things are great. There are those moments when they will begin to tell us that they are having bad day, and our normal response is “I am sorry to hear that”
I believe that the person is seeking someone who actually care, that they would take the time out and listen to them.
What are we to say to someone who just told us that they are having a bad day? I don’t believe we should say I am sorry to hear that, I believe we have a duty to encourage that individual and let them know that they don’t have to face their bad day by themselves. And so today I pray that you become more aware of the people who you come in contact with that when you ask them how is their day and they respond back by saying “not so good” that you would give them a word of encouragement.
Remember Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.