Proverbs 12:18: There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
What you choose to say could either bring hurt or heal others. Be deliberate in using your tongue to make people feel better about themselves.
Interestingly, Proverbs 12:18 contrast the effect that the tongue of the wise and the unwise have on people. It asserts that the words of the unwise is “like piercings of a sword”, meaning that it brings hurt. Comparatively, the tongue of the wise brings health. The essence of the scripture is that one thing that wisdom teaches is to use your tongue to bring healing. Use your words to heal by offering a word of encouragement and responding softly to harsh words. In addition, rather than criticize, lovingly offer guidance or suggestions as to how others can become better. Using your words to heal is foundational to Romans 12:18 which says “ as much as is possible living peaceably with all men.”
Gideon was a good example of using one’s tongue to heal. When Gideon went to fight the Midianites with 300 men, although he involved the Ephramites later in the battle, they were angry with him for not letting them be part of it from the beginning. Gideon; however, used wisdom and chose not to respond harshly to them. He told them that what they had accomplished was greater than what he had done, because they were the ones that successfully captured the princes of the Midianites.- Oreb and Zeeb and slew them. Saying anything else would likely have made the Ephraimites his enemy for life, but his acknowledgement of their contribution to the winning of the war diffused any “bad blood” that was developing.
Life Application: Use your words to heal by: helping people become a better version of themselves ; responding to harsh words with soft answers, and offering a timely word of encouragement or appreciation.
Prayer: Lord, you have given us a mighty weapon that speak life or death. Help us to use our words to build and speak life over ourselves and others.