The poison pill of discouragement


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We’ve all been there. We rush in on a cloud to tell someone we trust of some exciting plans we have, only to be met with skepticism and/or criticism.

Poof! The cloud disappears and we fall on our face.

Why do we do that to people? What is it that causes this immediate response? Is it Adam’s sin nature woven through our DNA and hard wired to our brain that forces such a reaction?

Consider what James had to say in his letter: “And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.”  — James 3:6 NLT (emphasis mine)

He continues in verse 8: “but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.”

Of course we also know the antithesis of discouragement is encouragement. While some words and tone of voice can push people to the ground then kick them while they’re there, different words, graciously delivered, can place people on a cloud and provide them a refreshing, fragrant breath of air that is almost magical in how it can empower and embolden people to do things seemingly greater than themselves.

God encourages us in Ephesians 4:29 to not “use foul or abusive language (but) let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

Isn’t it amazing that while we have the innate power to raze with our words that God gives us the ability to construct and comfort with our words too?

I encourage you today to say something to someone that will help them reach greater goals and heights in their life.


4 thoughts on “The poison pill of discouragement

  1. Pingback: The poison pill of discouragement (republished) « Christian Singles United

  2. People’s power to commit hate speech is exacerbated by the anonymity of the internet. I have encounted the most vile hate speech on the internet.

    blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

  3. Pingback: Why is having a religion so poisonous to some people? « GOD ROCKS MY SOUL

  4. So many people could use this principle in their lives, including me. Since I discovered a personal relationship with christ, when I dug in His word at 18 years old, I have improved dramatically in this area and have noticed more people with this problem. This world needs Christ!

    God Bless
    Shaston McNaspy

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