Road Rules | Proverbs 12:18 | Devotional
Proverbs 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
All I can say is—they hurt. The words came out clear and sharp, and hit the intended target—me. I laughed it off and pretended his comment didn’t matter, but I was bleeding inside. Those words have been ringing in my head for fifteen years. I have talked to the individual. He barely remembers saying anything. He has apologized. I need to get over it. But it is amazing how Satan has used that little episode in my life.
Reckless words really do pierce like a sword, and we have all experienced the puncture. Some words are premeditated, with the deliverer sharpening the sword to make sure it penetrates deeply. Some are delivered in the heat and emotion of the moment. Some are “drive-by’s”…off the cuff…with the speaker never realizing how he has wounded the listener. But they all cut deeply.
So here’s the choice before us. Two types of words can come from our heart and sound out through our mouth. One type will wound; the other will heal. One type will encourage; the other discourage. One type will cause others to tune us out; the other will cause others to seek us out. One type will tear a heart apart; the other will put it back together. What choice will you make with your words?
Father, guard our tongues. May we be those who bring healing and encouragement and joy and hope with our words. In Christ’s name. Amen.