All of us like good and positive things spoken about us. Conversely, no one enjoys negative, coarse words driven against them. As a preacher and teacher of the gospel, it lifts me up when a person learns a helpful point from my sermon or class. It is only normal for people to want compliments directed towards them. There is a song we sing, “Angry words, oh let them never from the tongue unbridled slip.” The heart of the song is to love each other by the words and actions we do. When we are being negative to one another that does not show a loving or gentle spirit. So much good can be and is done by positive words.
When the apostle Paul wrote to a church, a majority of the letters included positive remarks concerning their faith, their love for the brotherhood, for the gospel, etc. When we love something with Biblical love, we will express that with words and actions. Let us encourage one another with words and actions (letters, cards, calls, etc.). These actions also develop a family atmosphere in which people want to be together in order to be built up and build each other up.
We of course have instruction from the Apostle Paul expressing, “Love is patient, love is kind…” (I Cor. 13.4). He also wrote to the Ephesians, “And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:32) Finally, Paul wrote to Timothy that the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all…” (2 Tim. 2:24) These are words for us today, to live by and practice. God wants us to be Christian by actions as well as by name. Let us lift one another up in word and deed.