It’s to ignite the soul with hope

With words that do bring life;

It’s to correct in a loving manner

And to instruct in what is right.

Life and death is in the power

Of the little tiny tongue,

That’s designed to encourage and to love

Bringing peace to everyone.

At times it’s never easy

Particularly when there’s struggle and pain,

But a soft and gentle outreach

In their memory will remain.

Encouragement gives life

It adds years to the soul,

Because it builds up and does not tear down

Where blessings it unfolds.

Encouragement is uplifting

It inspires us to learn from mistakes,

To pick ourselves up and to try again

And to do whatever it takes.

We all fail and make mistakes

But it’s not the final sentence,

Because these failures teach us lessons

And with progression it all makes sense.

Let our words be kind indeed

But with the right spirit and also sincere,

Because the hardest of hearts have repented

When with love our words they hear.

Encouragement will always build

A bridge that leads to hope;

It lifts us up from all dark places

And it teaches us to cope.

The heart of God is encouraging

As His mercy is extended to all,

But He’s very displeased with all our sin

That’s contributed by the fall.

He wants to restore our soul

Through forgiveness and His grace;

His desire is that none perish

And to yearn to seek His face.

Encouragement is inspiring

When it’s sincere and faithful indeed,

When the outcome is genuine for the soul

To progress and to succeed.

(C) P.B. 2020

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Proverbs 18:21

“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.”  Proverbs 19:1

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”  Proverbs 25:11

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy.”  James 3:17

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”  Portugese proverb.