Words of Affirmation

If your major love language is Words of Affirmation then you show people that you love them by saying positive, encouraging words to them.

Matthew 21.1-11

Reference: v.9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’
‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’
‘Hosanna in the highest!’ (NIV Bible)

Explore: Dr Gary Chapman believes there are Five Love Languages – that’s 5 different ways that people can express their love for another. One of the five is Words of Affirmation. If your major love language is Words of Affirmation then you show people that you love them by saying positive, encouraging words to them. This could be said straight to them or maybe written in a card, maybe even expressed through a song. No matter how they are expressed, the positive words spoken to another is an expression of their love and appreciation.
Jesus knew that his time in Jerusalem was not going to be pleasant. But as he headed towards the city people spread their cloaks on the ground before Jesus, some waved branches and the whole crowd shouted ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ These words of affirmation expressed more than just encouragement to Jesus but proclaimed him as the Messiah.

Application: Whether our major Love Language is Words of Affirmation or not, words are very powerful. In one sentence you can build someone up or tear them down. If we were to look throughout our day would our mouths be expressing Words of Affirmation? Would our speech be proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah? Words can slip out so quickly and easily. We must be mindful of what we say and the impact our words can have on others.

Prayer: Lord, you give us so much encouragement by saying that you would always be here for us. May the words we speak to others be supportive and uplifting. Amen.

When have the words of another had a big impact on you?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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