The Power of The Tongue

The tongue of the wise brings healing. —Proverbs 12:18 NIV

What is the strongest muscle in the human body? Some say it’s the tongue, but it’s hard to determine which muscle is the most powerful because muscles don’t work alone.

But we do know that the tongue is strong. For a small muscle, it can do a lot of damage. This active little muscular organ that helps us eat, swallow, taste, and begin digestion has a tendency to also assist us in saying things we shouldn’t. The tongue is guilty of flattery, cursing, lying, boasting, and harming others. And that’s just the short list.

It sounds like a pretty dangerous muscle, doesn’t it? But here’s the good thing: It doesn’t have to be that way. When we are controlled by the Holy Spirit, our tongues can be turned to great good. We can speak of God’s righteousness (Ps. 35:28) and justice (37:30). We can speak truth (15:2), show love (1 John 3:18), and confess sin (1 John 1:9).

The writer of Proverbs 12:18 spells out one of the best uses of the tongue: “The tongue of the wise brings healing” (niv). Imagine how we could glorify the One who made our tongues when He helps us use it to bring healing—not harm—to everyone we talk to.



77 comments on “The Power of The Tongue

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    Thanks Brother. I was praying recently about this same subject. At age 63 I still carry scars of unkind words spoken by classmates, associates and even my Dad. What hurt me as I began down this rabbit hole was how many things I had said to hurt others (sadly even MY family). Praise GOD he has helped me control my tongue and even use it to praise HIM and encourage others. Praise HIM again he has forgiven me for less thank kind and encouraging words. And praise HIM even again for being loving enough to help those I have hurt heal……..just because I asked.

    Thank you for your insight and for your willingness to share GODLY words with us.

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