“Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit” (Proverbs 15:4 Proverbs 15:4A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
American King James Version×, GNT).
This saying is particularly important for young people, since they are still forming their identity and are very sensitive to what is said about them. Colossians 3:21 Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
American King James Version×says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (NKJV).
Speaking kind words is one of the richest gifts we have to give to others. Cultivating the godly frame of mind that leads to kind words also helps us to deal with the opposite, cruel words from others. An understanding attitude takes into account the shortcomings of others and tries to see their perspective and avoid being offended.
How are your words?