This morning we read Proverbs 12:18 in Convocation.
In this proverb, Solomon likens words to swords. Speaking thoughtless, mean words is like thrusting about with a sword. A reckless, sword wielding man is a dangerous, friendless man. Unfortunately schools are notorious for being hurtful places when it comes to words.
Contrasting the dangerous swordsman with a righteousness man, Solomon tells us that the words of a righteous man are salubrious.
Christ is the prototype of the righteous man who heals with His words. Luke tells of Jesus’ words to the paralytic let through the roof of the crowded house. “And when he saw their faith, he said, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you.’ … he said to the man who was paralyzed—‘I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.’” (http://www.esvbible.org/Luke+5)
Here, our Savior and our example uses His words to heal not only the paralytic’s physical condition, but also his soul.
As Christians, we are God’s witnesses. Our words should bring healing and not destruction. We can all remember mean words spoken to us or mean words we have spoken, yet as we are recreated in God’s image through the power of Christ’s resurrection and the work of the Holy Spirit, we are transformed into healers, for as the proverb says, “the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Our first witness as parents is to our family. Mothers and fathers, do your words heal your children? The neighborhood, the soccer field, the playground can be tough places. Your children need your healing words. Fathers, do you cut your wife down or build her up? Daughters learn their self-worth mostly from their fathers. Your words are powerful and necessary. As sinners, we are all born broken and in need of healing. Are you present enough to make a difference in the lives of your children?
At school, we talk and teach about the healing words of Christ. We expect our students to be instruments of healing in the lives of others. We expect our playground to be a place where our children learn the healthful power of words.