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THE TONGUE THAT HEALS                                   By Phil Guerena Sr.

In the Book of Job, a young man wants to correct a just, godly, and very wise Job and his three friends who came to console him.  Elihu said in Job 34:7-8: “What man is like Job, Who drinks scorn like water, Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men?”  Without shouting or seemly not irritated yet calm, he speaks; but he was definitely very angry. His consoling words were vicious lies.  What a condemning and arrogant mouth he hurls against Job. At the same time this young egotist was lifting up himself as very wise.

According to King Solomon of old, the tongue of the wise heals, but foolishness is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom.  In other words, fools do not seem to care how much they hurt with their tongues. That is a constant ongoing in all of history, careless speaking people seem to multiply more than the ones who guard their lips.  This would be revealing and comforting to see how the sweetness of words lift up one another. “There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18 Holman Bible)
People being barraged by friends and foes are many.  Those who have encouraging words are always welcomed anywhere and anytime.   I never forgotten when I went to a Christian college, I came from a non-Christian environment; I was asked if I knew a certain person, I said no.  The overwhelming response was, “you do not know what you are missing.” It seem like when this person spoke it was a well overflowing with kind words for one and all.  

Encouraging gentle words are in the Bible like  Proverbs 16:24: “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the   soul, and health to the bones.” Then we had the greatest example that ever lived in human flesh.  No one was ever more humble and, gentle yet powerful as Jesus of Nazareth. He knew when to weep with the sorrowful ones; even children came and were comforted.  Even when rebuking, it seemed like he did it with tears in his eyes and voice. In a very important verse in the Bible it gives the first step in learning from God.  II Chronicles 7:14 states: “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

The first thing we must do is to humble ourselves.  Our hearts would then be opened to be taught and led by His Holy Word.  No wonder our speaking would be uplifting for it comes from a lowly heart and spirit which is ever learning and ever changing.  O that we might have many healing words coming from people who first of all, are humble and eager to heal and encourage all who are listening to them.  When all is said and done, this must start in the home where mom and dad are careful with their mouths being sure that their life mate and children know that they are always loved and forgiven.  Speaking to them in the home with gracious admonitions makes a happy and united strong home. What a wonderful gift to society would be this home.

“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.”  (Proverbs 19:11) May our healing tongues be guided by God to uplift our homes, churches and countries.  This is the hope and goal of any and all who follow The Scriptures. May God richly bless us as do this to our companions and even to our enemies.    
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