"A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit." NASB
The imagery here is powerful, if you stop to think about it. A tree of life? Doesn't that remind you of fruit that offers immortality? I picture a tree so beautiful, so fruitful, so irrisistable, one cannot help but enjoy it, benefit from it, savor its fruit, and seek refreshment, even healing, under its shade.
Contrast a tongue that crushes spirits - described as having perversion - like rotten fruit hanging from a half-dead tree. This spirit-crushing tongue is like rotten apples that make a person sick, perhaps unto death.
The question: What kind of tree do you cultivate?
What kind of tongue do are you in the habit of using? A life giving instrument of blessing? Do people want you to speak? Do they seek you for counsel, for encouragement, for life-giving words? Or do your words crush spirits? Is what comes from your mouth better described as bitter, rotten fruit?
It's probably not black and white, but I'd wager you tend to cultivate one kind of tree over another.
Today, watch yourself. Consider your words. Your tongue has incredible power to influence people. What kind of influence are you exercising?
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