Words of Life, [Healing]

 

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This is one of the perils of being a writer. I know what I want to say, but seldom am I understood. It comes as a part of the job description and it chafes.

Actually, many experience the same thing. We desire clarity but end up misunderstood. I believe there are quite a few people who can relate to this issue.

We are “communicators” by nature; some do a bang-up job of it, others, not so much. Being misunderstood is the norm of many.

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

Proverbs 16:24

The book of Proverbs speaks directly on this dilemma. Healthy words cut through the fog and bring light and hope to others. I’m guessing that we shouldn’t want to sound profound, but humble and gentle and gracious. Wisdom fits in here also.

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 12:18

Here we read of people whose rash words are compared to a sword thrust. They jab and cut. They are malicious and hurtful. I seem to do this far too often.

Others have the opposite outcome. Their words bring healing. I have known people like this. There seems to be a “superpower” to what they say. They don’t say things to sound profound, yet healing seems to follow them around.

Words are powerful; they pierce or they heal. I want what I say and write to have a healing effect on others. I must remember that the tongue speaks only what is in the heart.

Give us true hearts, O God. I want to carry healing to others.

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Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.

2 thoughts on “Words of Life, [Healing]”

  1. I agree that words can be easily misinterpreted. Every single day, people receive or view words/communication one of two different ways:

    1. Translate. This is when a person takes what you say as just that. If you say, “I have such a hard time at churches; it’s like there are no good churches anymore” a person hears just that and nothing more or less. They have translated what you said or, basically, heard your words. We tend to listen to most people this way, especially people we trust or at least don’t distrust.

    2. Interpretation. This is when a person, rather than receiving what you say directly, tries to assign meaning to your words. You say, “I have such a hard time at churches; it’s like there are no good churches anymore,” and the person is trying to determine if there are hidden or subliminal messages or meanings to your words. People do this to people they don’t trust or don’t regard in a good light; they approach them with suspicion and try to interpret their words rather than seeing them as harmless people whose words simply need to be translated (or heard).

    I’ve been around people who didn’t trust me or viewed me through lenses of suspicion; these people rarely ever once translated (heard) anything I said; rather, they were like Alan Turing with his Enigma machine, constantly trying to decipher and interpret the ‘code’ I was speaking. Since communication has to do with both translation (IE. receiving words just as they are spoken) and interpretation (IE. deciphering the meaning or message in a person’s words), it is wise to ask God to teach one how to use words wisely so that with an audience of people with different issues and circumstances, your words come across with Grace, both to those who simply translate (hear) them and those who interpret (scrutinize for deeper meaning) them. We know Solomon talked a lot about this; and Jesus was the perfect communicator. Too many well-meaning people are hurting the hurt with their well-intentioned words. With all the bruised and broken and hurting and fragile people out there, I would like to learn to use words as Jesus did, because even He had to be taught moment by moment what and how to speak:

    “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in season” (Pro. 25:11).

    “He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice; He will not falter or be discouraged till He establishes justice on earth” (Isa. 42:2-4).

    “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the instructed, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens Me morning by morning; He wakens My ear to listen as one being taught” (Isa. 50:4).

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  2. I agree, it’s never ‘easy’ to share the gospel whether written or verbally. But I do believe that when God gives a writer Himself to write about it doesn’t go unnoticed, better yet unread. I, again, believe that God can use us in likely and unlikely of places. The things of God never return void.

    Keep using your words to shine God’s love and light!

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