Life Application Truth-Words Matter
JOHN SHIRK – From Proverbs 15:4.
“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
While a deceitful tongue distorts reality, a healing tongue brings the reality of Jesus into a specific situation.
A deceitful tongue perverts justice and slanders innocent people. A healing tongue stands up for justice and seeks to protect innocent lives, especially those who have no voice.
A deceitful tongue pollutes the environment with dirty talk. A healing tongue is a breath of fresh air.
A deceitful tongue tears down and ruins people’s lives. A healing tongue builds up wounded hearts.
There is much damage and repair in people’s hearts by the words of other people.
Through the influence of Christ, we can use words of faith, hope, and love today. We can refuse to gossip. We can refuse to manipulate others with our words. We can honor the words of Colossians 4:6, which says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt.” In this way, we will spread the flavor of Christ.
The use of healing words is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.