Sunday Devotional – Wise Tongues

There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
~ Proverbs 12:18 NKJV

Speaking and writing are very much related – they both rely on the power of words.

In much of society, we have lost the meaning of the power of words.

Just think – in the beginning, God spoke, and the world was created.  Not a hundred years ago, a mans spoken word used to be binding.

But we writers . . . oh, we know the power of words!

The pen is mightier than the sword, after all.  What we writers do has the chance to impact the minds and hearts of our generation, and the generations to come.

Do we really comprehend that?

I sometimes write some very violent, bloody, heartbreaking stories, but there is always a redeeming quality somewhere.  There’s a huge reason I can’t do horror movies (besides the actual visual, visceral gore), and that is because there usually is no redeeming quality.  Often, the bad guy wins, and I just can’t handle that, emotionally.

We weren’t created to handle that.  Deeply ingrained within each of us is the notion and knowledge that good will always win.

So, as writers, what should we be looking for in the words we use?

. . . my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness
and of Your praise all the day long. ~ Psalm 35:28

The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
and his tongue talks of justice. ~ Psalm 37:30

For there is not a word on my tongue,
but behold, O  LORD, You know it altogether.
~ Psalm 139:4

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit. ~ Proverbs 18:21

So ponder your words carefuly, and prayerfully.  You never know whose life they might impact – for better, or for worse.