A Wholesome Tongue

PROVERBS 15:4 “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

I have walked away from conversations that have made me feel angry, upset, anxious, nervous, even worried or with knots in my stomach and sometimes sick to my stomach. All that as a result of a conversation. Words exchanged between two people can have a physical effect on those people and the people around them. The old axiom “sticks and stones may break my bones; but words will never harm me” is not true. So not only should we guard what we say in order to protect ourselves and those around us but we should use our words to heal. This verse talks about a “wholesome” tongue.The word used in this verse carries the meaning of healing, medicine or a cure. So the thought is, that our words can heal or even cure someone that has been offended or hurt. According to my Webster’s 1828, the word Wholesome means tending to promote health.

Not only do the right words help heal, but they are also a “tree of life” to the hearers. Proverbs 3:18 says,“She(wisdom/understanding)is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.” Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” When you look at what the Bible says a “tree of life” is and consider that our words can attain to that status, it makes me want to choose my words wisely. It makes me think about how my words have been used in the past and creates in me a desire to use them purposefully in the future. Praying that the Lord will allow my. conversations to be healthy. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

What are you using your words for? Are they healing words? Are they a tree of Life? Words are powerful. What can be used for healing can also bring death, so let us decide today that we will use our words for right and honor to God.

Tim Tullos | YP
Patuxent Baptist Church
Great Mills, MD