Proverbs 15:4 — A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit (AMPC).
Our words have the power to bring life or death. So, we can either plant a tree of life or uproot and damage one in another person’s spirit.
I want to be the person who plants trees of life wherever I go and in every season of life. Why? Trees give shade or shelter from the heat. A tree of life gives someone relief when the heat of life turns up.
Trees are also like a breath of fresh air. They breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. Similarly, a tree of life is able to take in the negative and release the positive. When we speak words of life, they are an anchor for the listener. Trees also provide a habitat for animals. Trees of life, produced from life-giving words, are a dwelling place for us and others. So speak life, even if it looks, feels, or smells dead.
In John 11, Jesus spoke life to Lazarus’ dead body. He began by asking Martha to remove the stone from the tomb where he lay. She said Lazarus would smell like a skunk in trouble, but Jesus continued to model how we should speak to the dead places in our lives. And because of His words, Lazarus was raised to life!
There are many people who are dying, or are in dead situations, that need a word of life spoken to them. I encourage you to speak life in your everyday places—home, church, school, the market, at the doctors’ office, sporting events, airports, etc. Plant trees of life in someone else’s spirit. Believers should be in the reforestation business, intentionally planting trees of life where others have uprooted or destroyed.
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