Paul Dhinakaran

Choose Your Words Wisely!

Dr. Paul Dhinakaran
10 Jun
According to the Bible, the most powerful weapon that we carry with us is our tongue as “the tongue has the power of life and death” (Proverbs 18:21). You may be a highly benevolent person, but all your good work is good as nothing if your works are accompanied by harsh words. On the contrary, if your good works are garnished with polite words, it’s icing on the cake for the listeners because right words spoken at the right time serve as a great blessing. It is rightly stated that “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16: 24).

My father grew up in a very small town where a dispensary was maintained by the municipal committee. Sadly, nobody availed the facilities available there. The reason being that when anyone visited the hospital, they were told, “You have a serious disease; you should visit another hospital where there are better facilities or else you will die”. This disturbed the people a lot and felt helpless. Then one day, a new doctor was posted to this dispensary and the number of people who visited this doctor multiplied tremendously. He carefully listened to the patients when they described their sickness and would respond to them saying, “Oh! This is a very common problem. It can be cured very easily. There’s nothing to worry.” These words were soothing to the patients. Words spoken sweetly were like medicine to the soul and they felt better, even before they started the medications. His compassion and love brought healing to many people. Many people received hope with his pleasant words. They were sweet like a honeycomb to their soul and health to the bones.
My dear friends, that’s what kind words can do. You have to be very cautious in your speech. Let not your words be reckless and hurt the feeling of others. Instead, let your words be full of hope and joy, bringing a smile on the face of others. If you wish to see good days, then you have to be conscious of what you speak. The Bible says, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech” (1 Peter 3:10). The words that you say will affect the other person and also, will have an impact on your life: both good or bad. So, today ask God to fill your mouth with words of healing and comfort.
Almighty God, help me to speak gracious words. May my words bring healing and hope to all those with whom I interact with and may my speech be pleasing to you.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.


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