Sunday, June 14, 2020

Words Can Wound or Heal

It’s like a page taken from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Traci, who was a member of our church, sat by the side of our city’s swimming pool watching her son swim. Suddenly, her leg started bleeding profusely! Blood quickly covered her leg for no apparent reason. No knives or glass were anywhere nearby. She hadn’t even moved, so she couldn’t have caused this bleeding herself.

She was taken to the hospital where doctors discovered the reason for her mysterious stigma. They pulled a bullet out of her leg! Someone had shot a bullet into the air, apparently thinking that bullets only go up and never come down. But this bullet did come down—into her leg.

Many people shoot bullets from their mouths, never realizing the wounds they’re causing to others. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). We have the power in our mouths to bless or destroy. Show me a marriage or a church that’s being torn apart, and I’ll show you a marriage or a church that’s speaking destructive words to fight one another. 

A wife told her husband, “When you talk to me that way, it’s like you’re sticking a knife in my heart.” Destructive words will damage relationships like a sword can cut, but encouraging words will heal relationships. “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov. 12:18).

Do your words wound others, or do they heal? Think before you speak.
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