I am really enjoying the daily challenges and prompts posted on by The Daily Post. Today’s prompt was to use the word winsome. I looked it up and Merriam Webster says the definition is as follows:
1: generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence
(a winsome smile)
Immediately, I felt a spiritual challenge and prompting probably because (a) I love words, (b) I love The Word and (c) I most of the time like analyzing things, including myself. Soooo, I looked in the mirror and I asked myself, “Jessica, do you have a winsome attitude? Do people want to know more about Christ because of how you carry yourself? When speaking with others, do you focus more on your (or their) problems than you do the provision of the Lord? Do you engage people, with childlike charm and innocence, when speaking about Christ?”
As I thought of what it meant to be “winsome,” the following scriptures came to mind and each had a special meaning to me in consideration of the topic, and mostly, the current state of my heart. Rather than write what each meant to me, I leave it to you and the Holy Spirit to converse about the verses and how they relate to the word winsome, if He leads you to.
- A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13
- All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15
- A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
- Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances. Proverbs 25:11
- Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. Proverbs 25:20
- Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Galatians 6:1-6
- Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
- You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:22-27
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Even as I ask myself these questions, I know that the Bible even bears out that we will at times be sad, brokenhearted or pressed, among other things. So, I will hurry up and say that I think it’s unrealistic for me to think that I, or any other believer for that matter, will always be lighthearted or cheerful. But it’s encouraging to know that at those times we all have God, and should have some fellow believers, that will walk with us and lift us up.
- But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3
- Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
(NOTE: Scriptures are from various versions. My personal study habits are to start with KJV and use resources to find the meaning of key words. When I read, I usually just read NIV. When I teach or write, I will at times use other versions that are in more everyday language, but that do not deflect from the meaning. There are many different study methods. That’s generally mine.)
Blessings to each of you who visit this blog, and much thanks to The Daily Post for the inspiration and challenge to be creative! – Jessica