A Tree of Life

The tongue.  A small but powerful instrument of the body

A proverb in the Bible says, “The soothing tongue is the tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”  Proverbs 15:4

Lady Bird Johnson Park in Redwood, California

The soothing tongue.  Words that come out of the mouth that smooth over hurts, disappointments, pain, mistreatments, discouragements.  How much more of these tongues we need in this world.  

The proverb speaks of them as the tree of life.  In the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve ate from this tree and it gave them life.
We have the power to give life to other people by building them up or knocking them down — and it’s all in the way we use our tongue.
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