Say Something Good

In the days of the early church, one man earned the nickname “Barnabas,” which means “Son of Encouragement.” He lived to encourage the believers of his day and his given name is seldom mentioned in the Bible. 

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

─ Proverbs 16:24 NLT

Barnabas’ words of encouragement to the people in the early church in Jerusalem significantly influenced them to accept the apostle Paul after his salvation. Paul’s past reputation as a Christian killer initially gave them reason to fear and distrust Him. And Barnabas’ encouragement opened the door to Mark’s second chance after a sharp disagreement with Paul. 

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Barnabas spoke with a sweetness that soothed the soul of those he did life with. He knew the truth of our verse in Proverbs above. 

Words of encouragement can: 

  • provide hope (Romans 15:4).
  • restore relationships.
  • help us through challenging seasons.
  • nurture patience and kindness (Galatians 5:22-26). 
  • make it easier to love as Jesus loved (John 13:34-35).
  • help us overcome difficult seasons.

Are your words honey to the souls of those you speak to? Imagine the legacy you can leave to others. Like Barnabas, you can be known as someone who encourages others and be a positive influence in their lives and in the kingdom of God.

Today’s One Thing

Look at the benefits received when you say something good to encourage others, or when you are the recipient of such words. Make a list of three people who are an encouragement to you. Send each one of them a thank you and offer at least one encouraging word in your communication.

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