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Say Something Good and Also Something Helpful

Dora Weithers has written for Christian publications. Her devotionals inspired by everyday living are brimful of hope and encouragement.

Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say.

Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say.


Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say. ―Ephesians 4:29 (CEV)

Our Christian responsibility is not only to say something good, but also to say something helpful. We are called to communicate to each other the words that we need: to brighten our day, to remind us of our God-given worth, to strengthen our determination toward our God-given goals, to enliven our joy.

My son was a preschooler when our family was being processed for resident status in the USA. He accompanied us on all the appointments, but he felt ignored. He wasn’t asked to do anything that the rest of us were asked to do. He was not photographed, was not fingerprinted, was not examined by the doctor. One morning, as we drove to another appointment, he began to cry. “I want a green card too.”

We had failed to explain to him how privileged he was to be a citizen; that a green card was only half a step toward what he had acquired naturally. When someone feels deprived or helpless, it may take the gracious words of another person to point out God’s favor. That’s by God’s design. The attitude of both speaker and listener improves when we do what the verse says: build each other up with the right words at the right time.

Say to the insecure hard-worker, “You’re doing a good job.” To the underprivileged, say “What I’ve seen God do for others, I know that He can do for you.” To the helpless, confused, disappointed: “How can I help?” When such words come from our lips, we feel our inner strength increase. Good words make us feel good, but helpful words move us forward.

The soloist was scheduled to sing on a Christian television program. She arrived, guilt-ridden over a wrong deed, even though she had repented. By divine appointment, a gentleman walked by, smiled and said, “Don’t look so scared; God already fixed it.” Much better than a mere hello, the right words at the right time inspired her confidence. Let’s be intentional about building up each other with the helpful words God impresses us to say.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray with thanksgiving that You help us to help others with our words, the way you help us when we listen to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen

One word . . . can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.

One word . . . can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.

Ten Quotes on Helpful Words

  1. “One word . . . can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.” ―Thich Nhat Hanh
  2. “Our words will either bring life and victory or death and destruction. If we want to be happy, we have to be serious about speaking words of life that line up with God's Word." ―Joyce Meyer
  3. “Words spoken in season, how good are they! How much strength a word of hope, courage, and determination in a right course will give one who is inclined to slide into habits that are demoralizing!” ―Ellen White
  4. “Thank you to the children whose innocent words encouraged me."―Malala Yousafzai
  5. "Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing".―Proverbs 12:18 NLT
  6. "Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds." Elie Wiesel
  7. "I remember my manager telling me, 'Be myself, be humble, keep rooted, keep God first'. Those words were very helpful." John Boyega
  8. "Words are not trivial. They matter because they raise consciousness. Richard Dawkins
  9. "Sometimes you need faith and victory spoken over your life. Words have created power. When you receive them into your spirit, they can ignite seeds of increase on the inside." Joel Osteen
  10. "Because God gave you your makeup and superintended every moment of your past, including all the hardship, pain, and struggles, He wants to use your words in a unique manner. No one else can speak through your vocal cords, and, equally important, no one else has your story." Charles R. Swindoll
The words of the wise bring healing..

The words of the wise bring healing..

Do You Usually Say Something Helpful?

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© 2020 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 14, 2020:

Well said, Flourish. Thanks for your contribution. The kind word costs the speaker so little compared with the value it delivers.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 12, 2020:

You never know how heavy one’s baggage is so it’s best to err on the side of kindness, empathy, helpfulness. You may not think it registered in the moment (and maybe it didn’t) but you may be surprised to learn later that it made a difference. We can all make one another‘a burdens lighter with a kind word and piece of advice.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 11, 2020:

Umesh, your generous comment makes me smile--and think. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 11, 2020:

Manatita, it seems that our writing goals are in general, are similar. Thanks for your encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 11, 2020:

Shauna, thank you. You said it very well. We do have the choice to hurt or harm with our words. May we intentionally make the better choice.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 11, 2020:

Eric, thanks for your continuing support. You are of those people who have the habit of giving helpful words.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 11, 2020:

JC, thanks for your kind comment, and for contributing that Zig Ziglar quote. It's worth remembering.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 11, 2020:

Frank! I'm thrilled to hear from you. Thanks for your very kind comment.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 11, 2020:

Adopting these things would make us stress free.

manatita44 from london on July 10, 2020:

Hi Dee.

The quintessence of this piece seems to be all about inspirational words, like my last Hub. They haven't come from me, though.

Yes, your Hub is a very meaningful one and effective use of words can be a life-saver for many. Peace to you and family.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 10, 2020:

Dora, this is such an appropriate and timely message. Our words can be (and too often are) lethal weapons. But they also have the power to lift someone's spirits, to reinforce their self-worth, and to genuinely make someone's day.

We should consciously ensure our words and actions are helpful, not hurtful.

Thanks for this beautiful message, Dora!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 10, 2020:

I like the soloist story and #6 the most. Thanks for a great lesson in humility.

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on July 10, 2020:

Even though I am not religious, I am a firm believer in the principle of uttering good words and doing good deeds to others. Zig Ziiglar a famous motivational guru once said: "You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life forever.”

Good article.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 10, 2020:

Very moving.. A wonderful fulfilling entry

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