One of my all-time favorite movie quotes comes from Professor Dumbledore, the quizzical and kind, Headmaster in the Harry Potter series.
Dumbledore wisely says, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”
I love that!
It might be because I love words. I love how 26 letters can be formed and reformed to tell daring tales and describe things only the imagination can picture. I love the quote because it is so well balanced — it’s symmetric; it wraps the tidbit of truth with a virtual bow in my mind! I love it because it’s inherently biblical.
Proverbs 12:18 reads, “There is one whose rash words are like swords thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
We all know the wounds that words can leave. We’ve been through the countless replaying of sword-thrusting sentences in our lives. And we’ve known the healing. The reassurance. The salve that words can provide.
So my question is: Are your words swords or salve?