"Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing." Proverbs 12:18 NLT
It seems like it happens everywhere; at work, in neighborhoods, within families and even at church. Cutting remarks can be heard in many placed by groups of people. It may start in a harmless manner, with no real ill intention, but then someone gets hurt. In this passage of scripture it is noted that "Some people make cutting remarks." The language here is particularly and accurately descriptive - Cutting Remarks. Some translations even use the words "sword thrusts"to describe what happens. I have yet to meet someone who has enjoyed being the subject of these remarks. No one says "I was cut down and it was so funny", but many have felt the damage of the cuts. And the damage isn't limited to the recipient, often there is damage to the heart of the speaker as they observe the pain inflicted. Those cutting remarks have many categories, insults, sarcasm and what the Bible refers to as coarse jesting.Paul cautioned us against just that:
"Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God." Ephesians 5:3-4 NLT
What is it about cutting remarks? Why are they so common? Maybe it is our fallen nature, maybe it is cultural conditioning, or maybe it is our attempt at the lowest type of humor at another's expense. Or just maybe it is just that we are not being careful to mind our tongue. I don't think many believers wake up in the morning seeking to intentionally harm someone, but yet it happens. They speak carelessly and thoughtlessly. We can choose another way. We can choose instead to bring words of healing and ask the Lord to take control of what we say.
"Take control of what I say, O Lord , and guard my lips." Psalms 141:3 NLT
The words of the wise bring healing. The wise person speaks words of life. Words of encouragement. Words of blessing. Instead of being careless, we can be intentional to speak words of blessing. We can speak words that bring healing and add value to peoples lives.
Just as cutting words wound both the recipient and the speaker, the wise person will both bless and be blessed by speaking healing words.
This week, be wise, speak healing words.
In His Hands,