One of the turning points in the early life of John Bunyan was when he chanced to hear three or four godly women sitting in a door in the sun, talking about the things of God.
If they had been talking about their neighbors or spreading some report of scandal, who knows what might have been altogether different in the future with John Bunyan.
But what he heard them talking about was the New Birth, the work of God in their hearts, and how they were comforted and refreshed by the love of Christ. As he went about his work as a tinker, mending the pots and pans of the neighborhood, “their talk and discourse went with him.”
Proverbs 15:26 and 16:24 speak of “pleasant words.”
“Pleasant means “delightful, agreeable, sweet, suitable, splendor and grace.”
Blasé Pascal said,
“Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their own image on men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe, and quiet, and comfort the hearer.”
“Do you think it wrong of me to learn the art of self-defense?” asked a young man of his pastor.
“Certainly not,” answered the minister. “I learned it in youth myself, and I have found it of great value during my life.”
“Indeed sir! Did you learn the old English system or Sullivan’s system?”
“Neither. I learned Solomon’s system.”
“Solomon’s system?” “Yes; you will find it laid down in the first verse of the 15th chapter of Proverbs,
‘A soft answer turns away wrath.’ It is the best system of self-defense of which I know.”
“One kind word can warm three winter months” (Japanese Proverb).
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
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