Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up
In verse 15, Solomon compares and contrasts worry to encouragement. Worry is not good and can weigh heavily on a person affecting their behavior with negative consequences on one’s health. An encouraging word is opposite of worry and has a positive cheerful effect on a person. Jesus tells us in Luke 12:15, “Who of you by worrying can add a single day to your life?” We are told not to worry about our food, clothes as our Father will care for us. Worrying can lead to detrimental physiological effects on our health and make others we encounter anxious. 1Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all of your anxiety on Him because cares for you.” Encouraging someone with a kind word can lift others and change their day and even their life. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up just as in fact you are doing.”
We must trust in the Lord and turn all things over to Him. Worry will not change a situation, but merely complicate whatever we are facing and serve as a poor witness. Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about anything, Pray about everything.” When we encourage someone, it is a powerful way to help build that person up. This is a great word for all types of communication. Have the goal of our interaction be to encourage someone rather than to tear them down as we often see in social media.
Please help me to be spirit led and not to worry about whatever situation I am facing. Rather, let me turn all things over to you in prayer. Let me realize my words are powerful and guide them to provide encouragement to build others up so they can see the hope/glory in you.