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Love Well with Your Words
by Ronne Rock
Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

When life is dark, a light will shine for those who live rightly—those who are merciful, compassionate, and strive for justice. Psalm 112:4-5 VOICE

 

Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. Colossians 4:6 MSG

In the final days before His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus walked into a holy temple and declared it a safe place for all to find refuge and hope. He spoke about sacrifice, and He spoke about love. His words set His best friend’s heart to beating again, they healed blind eyes, and they gave a woman courage to be made whole. His words lamented over the condition of His homeland and cried out for justice for the oppressed. His words spoke truth to all with ears to hear. He gathered the ragamuffin crew that had traveled with Him for three years, fed them a good Passover meal, and spoke tender truth about bread and wine as symbols of His life broken and poured out for their lives, even as they responded with doubts, fears, and denial.

Jesus spoke, and He said, “I am the light of the world.”

Jesus lavished but never squandered His words. Rather, every one of them spoken had a designated home. He loved well with words.

That’s wonderful, you might say. That’s Jesus. He spoke those words of love to me too. But I don’t have that gift. I feel like I stumble over my words far too often. And serving the orphaned and vulnerable? I’m just praying I don’t say the wrong thing.

Jesus spoke, and He said, “You are the light of the world too.”

Charlotte the spider from the childhood book Charlotte’s Web reminds me a lot of Jesus – and us. She’s been a hero of mine since childhood, and she’s a great teacher. She’s even made me feel so not alone about being dreadfully near-sighted.

Charlotte has something to teach us about words that love well.

Charlotte knew the power of words, and she didn’t let being a spider get in the way of using them. When she spoke, it was with vulnerability. She didn’t write words in her web because she wanted to be known or lauded. Writing wasn’t even her vocation, and a relative few recognized her talent. Sometimes her words weren’t understood, but she didn’t worry. Instead, she smiled that spiderly smile and said, “Let’s talk about it.”

Outside of her home town, Charlotte’s words weren’t made famous until after her death. And in that home town, folks didn’t think about Charlotte much – after all, she was just a spider. What they did witness was her quiet impact on the lives of those around her.

Charlotte’s words were merely an expression of the way she lived. She was certainly an unlikely candidate to change the world, and it was never her intention to do so. You see, Charlotte only wanted to tend well to those on her path, to give words like gifts.

Charlotte gave Wilbur a voice.

Charlotte gave Fern strength.

Charlotte gave hope a fighting chance.

And that’s what your words can do. They don’t have to be eloquent to be encouraging. You don’t have to speak the language perfectly to offer hope to someone. Today, your words can be a gift that shines brightly in the life of a child, a caregiver, a friend or a stranger.

Today you can love well with words.


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