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.