Sometimes, the time at which we say something is just as important as the things that we say. In other words, we can say the right thing at the wrong time. When my children were young, I had my times of sharing untimely words. Oftentimes, the things I said to them as words of correction were right, but the time at which I said them was not. And I am sure that all of us have been guilty at one time or another of saying things at the worst time.Never underestimate the power of your words. If you use them correctly, they can make a real difference in the lives of the people you meet each day. “Heaviness in the heart of a man makes it stoop: but a good word makes it glad,” the Bible says (Proverbs 12:25). This means that when a person is loaded down with the cares of life, the right words from our mouth can boost his or her spirit.
We can see the power of this verse at work during the public ministry of Jesus. As He went from place to place, multitudes thronged Him to hear His Words. Of course, what He said didn’t change the situations that burdened their hearts. Rather, His words had the power to change their perspective or focus, and when mixed with their faith in God, they opened a world of awesome possibilities.I am learning more and more about the power of timely words. On this blog post, I share words. As a preacher, I stand before audiences regularly and share words. To be and to remain relevant, I must be able to share the message that many of my readers and listeners need to hear for the times in which they are living. Consequently, I often pray and I depend on the Lord to regularly supply me with what to share through preaching and writing. And sometimes after I have preached a sermon, someone will come up to me and say, “That’s just what I needed to hear.”
As Jesus’ disciples, let us follow His lead. Very soon, perhaps today, but definitely very soon, God will cause someone to cross your path bearing a heavy heart. Don’t underestimate the power of the right words spoken at the right time.Copyright © 2012 by Frank King. All rights reserved.