Sermon on the Mount: Day 32

A Kind Word Cheers Up the Heart

Read Proverbs 12:25
 
Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.
 
Reflect
 
So simple and so true. It’s odd how a feeling has weight in our hearts. Anxiety is one of those feelings that we experience in our bodies too—our shoulders, stomach, and jaw. We carry it around, often not even noticing it’s there, until it’s not. And anxiety can also be a bit of a silent tormenter. We don’t always know who’s experiencing it around us. So, kindness and understanding go a long way and can penetrate deeper than we realize. One word of encouragement or gesture of compassion can lift the weight of anxiety, even if just momentarily. 

  • Reflect now on the anxiety you’re carrying in your body. Where do you feel it? Where has it settled? Try to relax those parts of your body, remembering that you are loved and safe in God’s hands. 
     
  • When have you been the recipient of kind words from someone in a time of anxiety or worry? What did that person say? How did their words make you feel?
     
  • Who do you know that is anxious, worried, or fearful in this season? How might you encourage or extend kindness to them? 

Respond
 
God, thank You for the gift of Your nearness and kindness. Help me to remember who You are, especially when I’m feeling anxious or worried. Give me eyes to see when someone around me is struggling and show me how to extend kindness to them. May I always be ready to speak kind words in order to cheer up the hearts of those I encounter. Amen.

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