Words Wound. Words Heal.

Words have tremendous power.

Words wound. They hurt. They slander. They promote lies and they cover the truth. Words that flow from a wicked heart often demolish the heart of their target.

Words are arrows to the heart. They are daggers to the soul.

And words heal. They help us find the right way in life. They show us the way of grace. They lead us to the blood of Christ and his forgiveness. Even correction and discipline for the believer bring life.

Words are a powerful salve for the spirit. They are miracle medicine for the heart.

Solomon knew the power of words to wound or to heal. And so he encourages us to make the choice to be healers when we open our mouths.

Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool. Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. (Proverbs 10:17-20, NIV)

Our Bible reading for Wednesday, April 22, is Joshua 1:1 – 2:24, Luke 21:5-38 and Proverbs 10:11-20.

Lord, I am sorry for the times when I have not listened to correction. Forgive me for my misuse of my tongue. Keep my heart from wickedness. Thank you most of all for your kind words to me. The good news of our salvation is the best news ever — and it heals!

Header image based on "Magnetic Fridge Poetry" by Steve Johnson, CC By 2.0