Book: Proverbs 12
“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
Isn’t it amazing how the words that come out of our mouths (or our fingertips on social media) and the tone it is spoken with can either be hurtful or helpful. I received an e-mail from an older longtime friend who I do not communicate often with. On a Friday afternoon, after a very busy and intense week, she sent me a simple short message to say how much she appreciated the work I was doing and how she sensed God was leading me. All of a sudden I didn’t feel tired from a challenging week. I was ready to take on the weekend! What an encouragement that was to me.
I have also been spoken to by people who have tried to guilt me into doing what they want me to do. They have used words and comments that suggest that if I don’t comply with their wishes then I have not fulfilled my responsibility, therefore failed (or am a failure). This is always a good time for me to go back to God and ask Him how He sees me and the situation. Since He is my King he knows best.
There is another thought here in this proverb and that the wise speak when needed. Being quiet and not saying anything at times is not always being wise. Yes there are times when being quiet is wise but how often do we miss an opportunity to use our voice to encourage reconciliation, support younger people’s vision, thank those in leadership who are feeling the heat it brings, share what an older person’s kindness has meant, or simply share from God’s Word His love for them?
In the Kingdom of God, the King desires that all of His people will be wise and bring healing words to those in need. Not just words but healing words. It may be easy to quote a scripture verse to a person but does that verse bring healing?
Today, consider the words that you speak to others. Before you speak make sure they provide life and health to the person. Then also consider people who you have not planned to speak to but also you could speak words of life to. Kingdom builders encourage others with healing, life giving words.