FRIDAY, JUNE 8
“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Proverbs 12:18 ESV
WONDER: WORDS OF KINDNESS
“Look at his face! I’ve never seen anything that ugly in my life,” says one boy speaking about Auggie in the movie “Wonder.” Next Auggie overhears a boy who he thought was his friend say, “If I looked like him, I swear I’d put a hood over my face.” Those words crushed Auggie mostly because they came from someone he thought was his friend and he trusted.
Many of us grew up with the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” It didn’t take long for all of us to realize that just wasn’t true. Words can crush us. The writer of Proverbs compared harsh words to a sword being repeatedly thrust into us. The irony, like with Auggie’s friend, we often end up using some of our harshest words to those closest to us. We can be tempted to say harsh things to our spouse, kids, parents or close friends that we would never say to a stranger.
The good news is that Proverbs also teaches that our wise words can bring healing. Reflect back for a moment. Would anyone close to you say that you have recently used harsh words with them? If so, ask God to give you wise words of healing in that relationship?