Healing: One Conversation at a Time
“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18
How Can We Use Our Words in a Wise Way to Bring Healing?
Tell the Truth in Love
Our words can bring healing when we tell the truth in love.
Proverbs 24:26 tells us:
Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.
Are we being "Iowa Nice" (masking the truth in an attempt to be kind)?
That's not good.
Instead, we need to "tell it straight" -- but always with love.
Ephesians 4:15 says:
Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.
We do need to speak the truth. We need to be honest with others. But, first, we need also to communicate that we care about them.
The Less Said the Better
Our words bring healing when we avoid speaking with too many words.
Proverbs 10:19 speaks to this:
When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
What's often the reason we speak too many words? It's often that we are anxious that we won't get what we want.
Make sure you aren't just a "teller" -- overdosing with your words.
Ecclesiastes 6:11 says:
The more the words,
the less the meaning,
and how does that profit anyone?
Stay Calm When You Talk
Our words bring healing when we have a cool spirit.
Proverbs 17:27 tells us: Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
A soft tongue -- the tone in which we speak to people -- can be part of the healing power in our words.
If you're angry or frustrated with someone, don't talk to that person when you're agitated or upset. Wait until you have a cool spirit.
The other person can hear your words better when they are spoken with a cool spirit. You words will be heard rather than "bouncing off."
There's a difference between discussion and dialogue.
Just as discussion rhymes with "concussion" and "percussion," discussions are often aimed at trying to win.
Dialogues with cool spirits can be aimed toward finding what Jesus wants.
The Right Word at the Right Time for the Right Purpose
Our words bring healing when we speak at the right time for the right purpose.
In Proverbs 15:23, we read:
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!
Pay attention to timing.
It's possible to say the right thing at the wrong time.
Let's Use Our Words in a Wise Way to Bring Healing – One Conversation at a Time
KEEP YOUR HEART WITH ALL VIGILANCE.
FOR FROM IT FLOW THE SPRINGS OF LIFE.