Words that Heal

This verse from Proverbs 12 encourages me a great deal, as I am reminded that I have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak words of healing in practically any situation, rather than words that further perpetuate harm.

Note that the verse says that “the tongue of the wise brings healing.” And while we may have the very best of intentions, have we truly paused and asked the Lord to fill us with His wisdom each day, or are we instead guided by what seems right to us (without checking in with Him first)?

Let’s remember that our poorly-chosen words can hurt others, as this verse indicates (“like the piercing of a sword”), so our best defense against the ill-timed outburst is a Spirit-led offense: our hearts surrendered to God, and our minds full of His wisdom.

Will you pray with me?

Dear Lord, I ask for Your forgiveness for all of the times that I have forged ahead with my plans, without first consulting You. You always know what is best, so I ask that You fill me afresh with Your wisdom and discernment each day, so that I will be better equipped to offer words that heal to others, rather than words that cause further injury. In Your name I pray, amen.

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14 thoughts on “Words that Heal

  1. Such an excellent and well-written reminder!
    We need this Every. Single. Day. With so many words being poured from our mouths [and, really, from our hearts (Mt 15.18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.)], we must continually be fed with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to sit on the throne of our hearts.

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    1. Well said, Kathy. We need His guidance every moment of every day. And amen on the passage from Matthew 15 – it is a sobering reality for sure, but it doesn’t make it any less true! Thankfully, with the Lord, our hearts can be made abundantly full of good things. 💛

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    1. Very true – depending on who says them, what is being communicated, and the heart of the person speaking the words. In many respects, words can be more harmful than a physical wound that can heal in time, yet also be more restorative than a physical healing in the mind and body. As you say, it all depends!

      Thanks, as always, for YOUR wise words! 😀

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  2. Very good words dailyhopeful. And your ministry has blessed me many times when I needed a boost in my soul.

    I however, have encountered people who mock God’s word, and gratuitously showcase wickedness.

    And I have found that this verse is sometimes what’s needed:
     
    Ephesians 5.11

    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” 

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    1. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not for going around bashing people, that’s not what I’m advocating.

      It’s just that I recently dealt with this with someone, so it’s fresh on my mind.

      Lord bless you sister, and thank you for your helpful ministry, I appreciate you.

      All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

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    2. I am grateful that the Lord has used this blog to bless you, Lee. This encourages me to keep going, even though – like all of us – we are juggling several other responsibilities!

      I hear you about those who mock God’s Word. The Bible is clear that there are consequences for those individuals, and it’s our job to simply get out of the Lord’s way and let Him deal with them according to His timetable.

      It sounds like you are approaching the situation with a discerning heart, Lee.

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