Words of Life and Healing


“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18


“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25


“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4


Our words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Learning how to use our words to give life and healing to others is a journey – and one of the best ways to move forward in knowing what to say and how to say it is to walk a mile in another person’s shoes. Let’s look at a few examples:


Imagine that you are in constant physical pain from a chronic illness.

--- What might someone say that would be irritating?

--- What might someone say that would bring you comfort?


Imagine that you are in emotional pain because you are undergoing a difficult divorce.

--- What might someone say that would make you hurt worse?

--- What might someone say that would help you heal?


Imagine that you are in relational pain because a friend has gossiped about something shared confidence.

--- What might someone say that would be counterproductive?

--- What might someone say that would help you move forward?

Imagine that you are in spiritual pain because you are consumed by doubt about your faith.

--- What might someone say that would be crushing to you?

--- What might someone say that would bring you hope?


Let's commit to using our words to bring life and hope and healing to everyone who hears us!

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