Remember back in the first few studies we had with Tonya? Do you recall when Wisdom was compared to a "tree of life?" In Proverbs 3:18, Solomon instructed us to seek, embrace, hold onto, Wisdom, for "she" would be a tree of life to us. Establishing, nurturing, sustaining us in our life here on earth.
Well, here is an interesting concept in Proverbs 15:4 . . . "a wholesome tongue" can be a tree of life, as well. How? I'm so glad you asked!! In the Hebrew, the word there can be translated curative, sound, wholesome, or healing.
Our tongues can heal when we:
- comfort those who are hurting
- tell sinful souls of our Savior
- encourage those who are at odds to reconcile with each other
- give wholesome advice to those who sorely need it
The opposite of the wholesome tongue would naturally be one that wounds, and tells falsehoods, and causes grief, guilt and divisions among hearers.
While it's true that sticks and stones can break bones, I have never held to the idea that "words can never hurt" me . . . I'm sure we all have seen hearts broken by a few poorly chosen words.
I believe I will strive to have a healing, wholesome, peacemaking tongue. What are your thoughts on this verse?