I want my words to be like “salve” – not “sword thrusts” (Proverbs 12:18)

I read a proverb this morning during “coffee with the Lord” that provoked some self examination…

“There are those whose rash words are like sword thrusts. But the tongue of the wise brings healing!” (Proverbs 12:18 ESV)

I’ve experienced the first group… so have you. They delight in being “direct” – just “telling it like it is” (as they call it). They rarely weigh their words and like the phrase, “let the chips fall where they will” (in other words, “I don’t really care how what I am saying effects you or impacts your life!”) There’s a sad trail of hurt, personal damage and destruction that flows from their mouth.

I don’t want to be like that! I want to be careful about what I say (and how I say it)! I want to say things that bring encouragement, help, and healing to others! I want my words to build up rather than destroy. I know there’s a time to confront and challenge evil – but even when I have to do that, with God’s help, I want to be “steel under velvet.” How about you?

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