“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” ~Proverbs 12:18
There are times when strong words are necessary. Words can shore us up, change our thinking, and support and strengthen our resolve. But, sharp harsh words are piercing, they wound, bringing nothing but pain. Have you heard the old expression, “soul weary and heart sore”? This well describes the bruising of our spirits and the weariness of our souls.
The weight of the world and challenges of life often enough weigh heavy on our hearts and minds. Callous, thoughtless, hurtful words add to that weight and can be crushing. Words are powerful; with them we have the potential to bless or curse. (James 3:8-10)
“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:6)
Our speech should be seasoned with salt—tasteful and preserving. Speaking soothing words that welcome, lift and encourage, can change a heart for the better. Learning to speak with kindness from the depths of our hearts, and with consideration—as opposed to rash shallow and thoughtless communication—will change the atmosphere!
We can ask the Lord to help us with our words, but it will require a change of heart and disposition. Jesus said, the “peacemakers will be blessed and called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) If we identify with Christ, then we are asked to walk in His love. We are to endeavor to make peace, bringing reconciliation and hope. Genuine kindness is refreshing and soothing.
Is your spirit tired of caustic acidic tongues? Are you soul weary and heart sore from experiencing sharp scathing derisive and indifferent communication? It’s time to make every effort to change this damaging trend. We were created for fellowship with God and one another. Our hearts long for authenticity and sincere relationships. True followers of Christ will practice what He preached, walking in love and living in peace.
It’s time to be the real work of His hands! He is our Master, longing to mold and shape us, “leading us in paths of righteousness for His name sake.” (Psalm 23) Genuine and original, personally crafted by the greatest Artisan in the Universe, the Master Builder creates something beautiful from dirt! He restores our souls, regenerates our spirits and renews our mind. “Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
A change of heart and disposition comes when we are willing to allow the Lord to teach us, by His spirit, and through His word. Remember we “reap what we sow.” (Galatians 6:7) And, “a gentle response diverts anger, but a harsh statement incites fury.” (Proverbs 15:1)
Matthew Henry said,”Those who consult the peace and happiness of others have joy in their own minds, and make conscience of truth, not only in words but in actions. Care, fear and sorrow, upon the spirit, deprive men of vigor in what is to be done, or courage in what is to be borne. A good word from God, applied by faith, makes the heart glad.”
Amen to that! Good words from our lips also make the heart happy and they bring healing. “Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” (Proverbs 16:24) Be wise and speak words of life, hope and help!
“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” Dale Carnegie
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