Proverbs 12:18 (NASB) There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
I shared an old carpenter's trick with my son-in-law the other day. If you want to put a nail in a piece of wood and keep it from splitting the wood, dull the tip. A sharp nail will cut through the wood and cause it to split. A dull nail will gently carve through the wood. Don't believe me? Try it out. Today's verse speaks about our words and tongue. Some of our words are like the sharp point of a sword. They hurt the ones receiving them. At the same time, the tongue can be used for healing. Like the dull tip of the nail, your words can gently get the job done while not doing damage along the way. Sometimes in life, we fire out words that hurt deeply. Sometimes our words are spoken too fast without thinking before we speak. Sometimes our words do serious damage to those we love and to strangers. Maybe it’s time we think before we speak. Maybe we should pray before we speak, and ask ourselves if these words will this do more damage than good. Don't be a sword speaker, but be a speaker of healing. There's a word of difference!
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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