My Scripture for today really hit home with me. It is from Proverbs 15: 4, “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
How we speak effects everyone around us. If our words are frustrated or harsh, then that is the effect it has in our homes. If we gossip, then we crush the spirit…not only of those we are talking about, but also the person we are speaking to and ourselves. However, if our speech is kind and “healing,” then it will produce life and joy. To me, “healing” speech is the kind that is encouraging and wise. It tries to lift up and not tear down. The purpose of healing speech is to encourage the listener and bring glory to the Lord. In a world filled with “free speech,” its important for me to remember that my freedom is in Christ Jesus. My speech needs to bring love and healing. That means there will be times when I should be quiet. Help me Lord to remember these words from your gospel and to heed them and establish them in my heart.