Words from the Heart for Friday October 6th, 2017
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)
The Words of the Reckless
Every one of us has had the sad experience of receiving very hurtful words. People can be very cruel. The opposite is also true. In moments when we really needed reassurance and encouragement the Lord has sent someone to speak healing, gracious words to us. Thank you, Lord! Today look for at least 3 people you can bring “healing” to through your words of wisdom and honour.
A stunt woman died this past August 14 when the motorcycle she was riding on for a stunt during the filming of the movie Deadpool 2, crashed. The first four takes of a stunt where the woman rode a motorcycle down a set of stairs went smoothly. But on the fifth take, the bike’s throttle got stuck and the rider was thrown through the air, smashing into the first floor of Shaw Tower, the home of Shaw TV in Vancouver, dying instantly.
There are some people whose every word is broadcast and recorded. These are usually important people, whose words have an impact on entire nations and maybe even the world. When they speak bluster or when the words they use are reckless, they can bring a nation or the world to the brink of something frightening. This has been so forever. Millennia ago, King Solomon wisely said this, in Proverbs 12:18: “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” The words all of us speak have power. The old children’s mantra, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is a lie. Words do have a profound effect on people and on the world around us. The greater our profile in the world, the greater the impact our words have for good and evil. As followers of Jesus we are called to be very careful in the words we speak. We are to speak words of peace and reconciliation rather than using rhetoric that divides and causes hostility. Throughout your day today, take note of the words you speak. Be wise and bring healing.
These have been words from the heart.