This Sunday, my pastor, Keith, gave a wonderful sermon on James 3: 1 – 12, Taming the Tongue. Basically, in a nutshell, our words have the ability to help or harm people.
I have many examples of how words have hurt me in the past, as I am sure everyone does. Unfortunately, I also have examples of how I have used words to bring down others, usually people I care deeply for.
On the bright side, I have a wonderful friend, Kim, that recently used her words to give me trememdous encouragement and understanding.
We talked for over an hour last week. I knew she was having a difficult time and wanted to lend a friendly, listening ear. Halfway through the conversation, she read between the lines and asked how things were going. Kim is one of the few people that I can be brutally honest with, without any judgement.
She shared my happiness at the continuing progress that John and I have been making in our marriage. Kim also had comforting words for other family and school frustrations.
When I hung up the phone, I felt a mixture of emotions. Sadness that she lives hundreds of miles away, but also incredible peace in the daily trials that I face.
Yes, words can be used for evil. I thank God for sending me a wonderful friend, like Kim, who will also use her words for good.
The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.