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A Healing Tongue

by Danny Boggs

Some animal tongues stretch nearly two feet.  Some work like straws.  Some boast the sense of smell.  Some help keep the whole animal clean.  Some provide the first line of defense against predators.  But none have the ability of the amazing, healing human tongue!

“…The tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18b).  How so?

If we know the good news of God’s love and mercy in Jesus Christ, when we share it with guilt-ridden sinners, we bring healing.  Tell them that Jesus “Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you are healed” (1 Peter 2:22-24).

If we offer heartfelt words of forgiveness to one who has wronged us and is sorry for it, we bring healing.  “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

If we make ourselves bridges of peace between people who are at odds, we bring healing.  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

If we bring Biblical words of comfort in a time of distress, we bring healing.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18).  Do you have a healing tongue?