Voice in Speech and Song
Kind, Comforting Words -- When poor, wounded, bruised souls come to you for words of hope, you are to speak to them the words of Christ. Do you refuse to give them pleasant, courteous, kind words? Those who speak as Christ spoke will never plant bitter words like barbed arrows in the wounded soul. "The Lord hearkened and heard." Will you bear in mind that the Lord hears the words we speak, and is acquainted with the spirit that prompts our actions? . . . Is it not Christlike to speak kind words, comforting words, even though you feel inclined to do otherwise?-- RH May 26, 1896.

Law of Kindness on Our Lips -- Work disinterestedly, lovingly, patiently, for all with whom you are brought into contact. Show no impatience. Utter not one unkind word. Let the love of Christ be in your hearts, the law of kindness on your lips.-- WM 76.

Thoughtful Attentions -- Every soul we meet is the purchase of the blood of Christ, and kind words and thoughtful attentions are due those who come


among us. The youth need the help of kindly words and deeds.-- Ms 33, 1911.

The Truth in Love -- As the dew and the still showers fall upon the withering plants, so let words fall gently when seeking to win men from error. God's plan is first to reach the heart. We are to speak the truth in love, trusting in Him to give it power for the reforming of the life. The Holy Spirit will apply to the soul the word that is spoken in love.-- MH 157.

Less Criticism, Greater Influence for Good -- In the work of helping others, we may gain most precious victories. We should devote ourselves with untiring zeal, with earnest fidelity, with self-denial, and with patience, to the work of helping those who need to develop. Kind, encouraging words will do wonders. There are many who, if a constant, cheerful effort is put forth in their behalf, without faultfinding or chiding, will show themselves susceptible of improvement. The less we criticise others, the greater will be our influence over them for good. To many, frequent, positive admonitions will do more harm than good. Let Christlike kindness be enjoined upon all.-- MM 208, 209.

A Cure for Sickness and Grief -- The Lord Jesus wants us to bear a pleasant countenance, and to speak kind, sympathetic words. Even if we are sick, or if we feel out of sorts, we need not tell others. If we will talk of the goodness of the Lord, this will act


as a cure for sadness and grief.-- Ms 39, 1908.

God's Word a Guide for Daily Speech -- Our words, whether we are in the home or associating with those outside the home, will be kind and affectionate and pure. If we study the Word, and make it a part of our lives, as represented by the words, "Eating the Word," we shall have a wholesome experience, which will always speak forth the truth. We shall search our hearts diligently, comparing our daily speech and tenor of work with the Word, that we may make no mistake.-- Ms 3, 1906.

Outward Expression of Inward Grace -- The chief requisite of language is that it be pure and kind and true-- "the outward expression of an inward grace." . . . The best school for this language study is the home.

Kind words are as dew and gentle showers to the soul. The Scripture says of Christ that grace was poured into His lips, that He might "know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary." And the Lord bids us, "Let your speech be alway with grace," "that it may minister grace unto the hearers."-- AH 435.

Courteous Christians -- Christians are elevated in their conversation; and although they believe it to be sin to condescend to foolish flattery, they are courteous, kind, and benevolent. Their words are those of sincerity and truth.-- MYP 349.


Pleasure Provided by God -- God has provided for everyone pleasure that may be enjoyed by rich and poor alike-- the pleasure found in cultivating pureness of thought and unselfishness of action, the pleasure that comes from speaking sympathising words and doing kindly deeds. From those who perform such service, the light of Christ shines to brighten lives darkened by many sorrows.-- 9T 57.

Kindly Words and Loving Deeds -- God desires that the bounties which He has freely given to His children shall be communicated to those who are in need. By this communication, by the utterance of kindly words, accompanied by deeds of love, those who work for God will find entrance to hearts, and will win others to Christ.-- RH Dec. 14, 1897.

A Meek and Lowly Spirit -- As you go to the one you suppose to be in error, see that you speak in a meek and lowly spirit; for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. The erring can be restored in no other way than in the spirit of meekness, gentleness, and tender love. Be careful in your manner. Avoid anything in look or gesture, word or tone, that savours of pride or self-sufficiency. Guard yourself against a word or look that would exalt yourself, or place your goodness and righteousness in contrast with their failings. Beware of the most distant approach to disdain, overbearing, or contempt. With care avoid every appearance of anger; and though you use plainness of speech, let there be no reproach, no railing


accusation, no token of warmth but that of earnest love.

Above all, let there be no shadow of hate or ill will, no bitterness or sourness of expression. Nothing but kindness and gentleness can flow from a heart of love. Yet all these precious fruits need not hinder you from speaking in the most serious, solemn manner, as though angels were directing their eyes upon you, and you were acting in reference to the coming judgement.-- 2T 52.

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