According to John Trent in his book, The Blessing, encouraging and loving words are also an important component of blessing. The Bible speaks over and over about the importance of our words:
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
“if we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at ships also; though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also, the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.” James 3:3-5
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue …” Proverbs 18:21a
Words can help or hurt; they can guide; they can change the course of a life. Yet often, we say the wrong words, or even no words to the people we love and others around us. Why? There are many excuses: We’re busy, we’re tired, we don’t want them to become vain or puffed up, or they already know we appreciate and value them.
How much effort does it take to say, “Good job!” or “I love you” or “Thank you for all that you do.” Don’t make excuses; speak a word of blessing to someone today.