Speaking with New Tongues


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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Today’s Reading: Luke 18:1-8 / 2 Tim. 3:1-9 / Prov. 12:15-28 / Nehemiah 9

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the
wise brings healing.” So reads Prov. 12:18. And we want to make a careful
distinction in reading this, for it does not say that it is merely the dispensing of
wisdom that brings healing. You see, many times we can speak what is wise
and truthful – but do it in such a way that our words are just like the sword
thrusts noted in the first part of the couplet. No, it isn’t mere wisdom the Writer
is after here – it is the wise person. It is the tongue of the wise him or herself.
In other words, the wise one thinks about what it is they are trying to do when
they speak. If medicine is being delivered, it is not injected into the veins with a
fire hose. The needle may pinch ever so slightly, but it is specifically designed
to minimize the discomfort while administering the medication. This is what the
Wise know, that even truth can crush and destroy. God Himself is demonstrably
careful in His revelations – knowing full well we often cannot bear it all at once.
Jesus, in John 16 says: 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you
cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you
into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he
hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14
He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All
that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and
declare it to you.” His goal is not simply to get the information out – it is to do it
in a way that will do the most good for the hearers. In some cases, parceling
out portions till at last they can take it all in. It is how He illumines His Word to
us even now. Passage by passage lightens and feeds the soul – for there is no
way we could imbibe it all at once. Indeed, life itself comes but one day, one
hour, one minute at a time – because to know it all ahead would destroy us
from the outset. So we, are to minister to one another with a like mind. Thinking
of how we can bring healing to the wounds and the places that need repair.
Seasoning our words with grace. Like our Savior does.

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3 thoughts on “Speaking with New Tongues

  1. This leads me to think of perceiving the physical world that we live in, and (as is often said)…”have our being”…as actually an incredibly designed and orchestrated reflection of the eternal.

    …similar to the medicinal dosage analogy; if we were grab hold of a big chunk of…obviousness, it would be a lot to ingest.

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