Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
We’ve all said something we’ve regretted. It might not have even been out of your mouth before you knew it was bad. Maybe it was a slip of the tongue or maybe you really meant it when you said it. Once those words were out however, there was no taking them back.
Whoever said that sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me is a liar. Words hurt plenty. Sometimes we’re too sensitive to them and need to develop thicker skin but there are other times that we are deeply hurt but what someone says.
James 3 discusses the tongue and perhaps not surprisingly, wisdom as well. James tells us how powerful the tongue is – just like a small spark that can start a great fire.
Of course the tongue can be used for good as well. We use our tongue to praise God. We can use it to encourage others. We can also use it to say we’re sorry for the wounds that we caused with it.
The tongue is a double edged sword and we must be extremely careful how we use it. We must use it for good and be careful with it at all times.