“A healing tongue is a tree of life, but a deceitful one crushes the spirit”—Proverbs 15:4
Our words can either comfort or sting like a furious hornet. Stinging words are often aimed at soliciting either a similar response or to cause the recipient to shrink back in fear—they can either start a war or subdue a nation. Even the most “perfect” of us believers may fail to tame our tongue at some point, more so when we are the frequent target of another person’s cruelty.
Still, our goal is to always be salt and light in this world that is so often devoid of righteousness. Yeshau said, “”You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt should lose its flavor, how shall it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so it gives light to all in the house” (Matthew 5:13-16).
We have an enemy whose goal is to de-legitimize believers in Yeshua and to cause us to lose credibility in the eyes of the world—those outside the congregation. We must never withdraw from the battlefield and lose the high ground to him and his minions. Instead, we must stand strong in the confidence of Yeshua. We must speak life, not death and our resolve must always be peace, not war.
“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, to know how you ought to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6). If you slip, regain your footing. If you fall, get up again and continue to march ahead. Try your best to be like the one “who does not slander with his tongue, does not wrong his neighbor, and does not disgrace his friend” (Psalm 15:3) and “Keep your tongue from evil” (Psalm 34:14). Pursue righteousness and imitate the Psalmist, who said, “I cried out to Him with my mouth, and exaltation was on my tongue” (Psalm 66:17).