Hurt or Healing? - The Warrior's Journey®

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Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  (Proverbs 12:18)

Have you ever watched a news report that showed people in the streets of a city carelessly firing loaded weapons into the air? Did you wonder where those bullets might land? Sadly, people occasionally die from one of those bullets. Pretty unnecessary, don’t you think? Married couples often fire reckless verbal bullets that wound each other. It’s a lose/lose situation, to be sure. Most of us can identify because we’ve fired reckless words at our own mate. We’ve been on the receiving end as well. No body armor can prevent the hurt from those bullets.

According to Proverbs 12:18, reckless words pierce like a sword, but words spoken with wisdom bring healing. We have a choice. As married people, each of us has great opportunity, but also great responsibility. Chances are that no other person on the planet can bring hurt or healing to our spouse like we can.

So what will it be? You and your spouse have made a binding contract to love each other as long as you both shall live. May your words bring healing and comfort to one another.

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