Did you know you had the ability bring healing, to yourself and others? Did you realize that you have the power to poison yourself and others, the capability of killing, and also of giving life? Let me elaborate, before you think I have fallen off of the “theological rocker”. The Bible says that our words can heal and help or they can wound and maim. It says, in Proverbs 18:21, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit ~ you choose.” Proverbs 15:4 tells us that “kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.” We have the power, through that small muscle in our mouth, called the tongue, to actually help and heal the spirit of others, just by the words we speak. The words we utter can have the same power over our own lives.
Proverbs is filled with verses that deal with our words. It is amazing to consider the affect our words can have. Just think of the words you have spoken in the past 24 hours. Have they been poison or fruit? Proverbs 18:20 says, “Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest.” What are you offering to others with your words? Is your conversation with others a pleasure? (Prov. 15:23) Are you allowing your words to lift others up? (Prov. 12:25)
We’ve all heard the saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, but we all know, the reality is that our words can actually hurt others far more than sticks and stones. Proverbs 12:18 says, “Rash language cuts and maim, but there is healing in the words of the wise”.
Just as a medical professional has to carefully measure any medication that they prescribe, the Bible clearly says that “a wise person measures their words”. (Prov. 10:19b) Don’t you want to be a person today that carefully measures each word, before you speak it, and assess whether each word will help and heal or hurt and maim? Don’t you want your communication today to be sweet to those that have to digest it and to be a healing balm to those around you that may be hurting?
Can you think of those around you that need to experience healing through your words today? Perhaps you have already spoken words that have wounded someone and today you need to make it right. Maybe you know someone that is in dire need of refreshing and encouraging words and you need to take the time to simply make that phone call and offer help. Whatever it may be, may you take the time to measure your words and decide whether you are giving poison or fruit to your listeners. May we each rise to the occasion, answer the calls for help, and serve those around us that are in need of “medical assistance”. Could it be that our words are just what the doctor ordered for someone hurting around us today?
May the Lord help us to choose to speak words that uplift and encourage, and to be careful not to wound those around us by the things we say. May we think twice before speaking once, and consider the effect of every word, before we speak it. Let’s pursue greatness in our words this week!