Reckless words pierce like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
I wrote about this verse a few weeks ago on Stuff Christians Like and I love it because it’s so simple.
Reckless words pierce. Wise words heal.
I don’t need some complicated thought to figure out if the words I used in any given day were kind or just or compassionate. I only need to ask myself, “Did what I say today, bring healing or a wound? Were my words a sword or a bandage?” It’s an easy question to ask but sometimes a difficult one to answer.
The other reason I love this verse, the reason that’s hidden a little deeper, is the relationship between a sword and a wound. The truth is that sometimes I wound others with my words because I’m trying to heal a wound I have. I feel insecure about a comment someone left on the site so I cut them down. I feel stupid so I attack someone else’s intelligence. I feel unpopular so I pierce their confidence. The greatest holes I cause in other people often start with the holes I see in my own life.
So that’s the question of the day, are you causing wounds or healing hurts with your words?