“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18, NIV).
My child, be careful with your words. Reckless speech can pierce a heart. Don’t say the first thought that comes to mind. Consider cautiously whether those words shall injure or inspire—whether they shall inflame or calm. The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Speak life. Always life. Ask for my wisdom. I give it to you without hesitation (James 1:5). Speak wisely. My wisdom imparted to a hurting soul has the power to heal a broken heart—the power to heal a broken spirit. My wisdom is pure. It gives peace. Genuine and sincere, it is willing to yield to others. Full of loving-kindness, it has no doubts and does not pretend to be something it is not (James 3:17). Words of wisdom and truth endure forever; words spoken without truthful and wise consideration last only for a moment (Proverbs 12:19). They have no power to heal or restore. Never lie to impress. A deceitful tongue speaks death. It crushes the spirit. But my wisdom, spoken in gentle truth, is a tree of life (Proverbs 15:4). It soothes and heals. It gives purpose and fulfillment to a life that yearns for meaning. Child, I long to speak through you. Seek my heart and my wisdom. Then choose your words prayerfully and carefully. I wish to heal a broken heart through you.
Lynn Hampton Lacher