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Proverbs 25:20 – “Singing light songs to the heavyhearted is like pouring salt in their wounds.” (MSG)

The God who created the Universe is a relational God who invites us to deepen our understanding of ourselves, one another and Him through His word. He cares about the health of our relationships. The Message version of Proverbs 25:20 says, “Singing light songs to the heavyhearted is like pouring salt in their wounds.”

Recall a time in your life when you have felt sad, discouraged or disappointed. Possibly someone tried to make light of what you were feeling at that moment in time. How did that experience feel? Or, maybe you have tried to make light of an issue or feeling that someone in your life was experiencing.

As human beings, God knew we would benefit from relational direction. He designed us to be in relationship with him and with each other. In His kindness, He provided us with grace-filled instruction on how to interact in community. His Word models kindness, gentleness and love towards one another.

Acting with understanding and compassion, we can offer healing to those around us. Healthy relationships house words that are a reflection of God and His promises. As Christ-followers our words should offer healing, not division.

Next time you encounter someone feeling down, remember the invitation to slow down and listen. Everyone benefits when a safe place is offered in an authentic relationship. As Brené Brown says, “If we are going to find our way back to each other, vulnerability is going to be that path”. In transparency and God-inspired compassion, find the path towards the authentic community.

Consider these questions today:

1. Have you discounted someone else’s circumstance or feelings lately? How can you encourage them?

2. Do you know someone that needs to be encouraged today? What words of grace and truth can you speak to them in their need?

3. Is there a relationship that you don’t extend grace in? How may God be inviting you to approach that situation differently?

May God illuminate your path with relational wisdom as you journey through your week. May His invitation to relate to Him and others overflow with more than you could ever hope for and imagine.

Relational Wisdom | One Verse

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