May 20 – Words
Scripture: 1 Samuel 5:1-7:17 / John 11:45-12:11 / Proverbs 12:18-27
“Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Some may think that is true but in reality, words do hurt and they hurt deeply. Words will either build us up or tear us down. Proverbs 12:18 says, “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Intentional words of anger are designed to convey frustration. They are spoken at times to bring pain in someone who has hurt us. Usually, reality of our words set in and we regret our actions. At times, relationships and circumstances can be repaired but other times, they are irreparable.
Do we measure the weight of our words? Proverbs says that reckless words pierce like a sword. Our words can be reckless, driven by emotions and frustration. Unrestrained thoughts that express themselves in sharp words are like a sword that penetrates to the depths of a person’s soul. The piercing of a sword is often fatal and if it is survived, the recovery is lengthy. A scar reminds them of the painful process and stirs painful memories.
The words of the wise bring healing. They are like a salve and antibiotic, bringing healing from hurtful and piercing words. Wise and discerning people know exactly what to say to give the hurting hope and perspective. Their words are uplifting and encouraging.
So…weigh your words carefully. We are called to bring hope and life, not discouragement and death. Blessed are those who endeavor to edify others and be a person of peace and restoration!