Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
Proverbs 12:25 NIV
In Canada, copyright laws protect words. In the simplest terms, “copyright” means “the right to copy.” In general, copyright means the sole right to produce or reproduce a work or a substantial part of it in any form. Copyright applies to all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works provided the conditions set out in the Copyright Act have been met. Each of these general categories covers a wide range of creations, including literary works such as books, pamphlets, computer programs and other works consisting of text.
It doesn’t take long to be on any social media platform to realize how unkind people can be. Even those who profess to being followers of Jesus are often unkind and cutting when replying online. It is hard to reconcile such talk with how clear the Bible is when it comes to instructing God’s people how we are supposed to communicate with others. Take Proverbs 12:25 for example. Wise King Solomon says this: “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” By your words you have great influence on the lives of others. You can make their day worse or better. So many people suffer from anxiety these days, and your words can either add to their anxiety, or lift it a little. Followers of Jesus are clearly called to cheer others up. We are all given the ministry of encouragement. The world is really good at kicking somebody when they are down. We Christians must not be guilty of this – and we sadly are sometimes. Set out today to find a way to cheer someone up. You won’t have to look far to find someone who is anxious – speak a kind word into their life today.
These have been words from the heart.