A bruised reed he will not break, 
   and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, 
till he has brought justice through to victory. 
 21 In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Matthew 12:20

What is a bruised reed? What could be more fragile? Are you a bruised and feeling broken?

Have you been bruised by someone’s harsh words? A friend’s anger? The betrayal of your spouse? Have your own failures left you feeling bruised?

This world has a special place for the bruised and broken, the beaten. If it had its way, the world would break you off, snuff you out and never look back.

There is hope. There is a Creator who is the friend of the wounded heart and the keeper of our dreams. He heals the broken reed and ignites the smoldering flame.

Jesus often addressed the brokenhearted. ‘Come to me if you are desperate because only desperate men and women are willing to suffer for my cause.’ (Matthew 11:28-30) He understood those dark places. He knew what it was to be beaten and bruised. The cross did not just happen to Jesus. It was His purpose. It is why He came to earth. Our trials and suffering just do not randomly happen to us. Instead, God uses them to fulfill His purpose for our life.

Often times we are caught off guard by the surprises of life. Those moments remind us of our human frailty and our inability to control our circumstances and details of our life.

God is never caught off guard. He is never surprised at any disaster that falls upon us. Sudden tragedy does not surprise Him. He is never at a loss on how to solve a problem. God knows all His works from the beginning to the end of the world. For this reason, God is our rock solid assurance in the midst of life shattering disasters.

“Never will I leave you; 
   never will I forsake you.”[


“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. 4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.”

Psalm 141:3-4 


“I said, “I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, While the wicked are before me.”

Psalm 3:1 

“6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

James 3:6

Our speech can be a clear indication as to our spiritual maturity. What does your speech say about you? Are you known as someone whose words are filled with encouragement? With love? With grace? On the other hand, are you someone who is known as a gossip? One who speaks lies? One who is negative?

The bible is full of scripture in regards to our tongue and how our words reflect the condition of our heart. We can tell where our words come from by the results of their actions.
James 3:15-16 says,
5 ” Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” Whatever comes from our mouth that produces those previous things, are not prompted by God, which means that we are not walking in the Spirit but instead the flesh.

Our hearts are reflected by the words we speak. Our words are a window into our soul and can show the byproducts of an un-regenerated heart:Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Matthew 12:34

  • A heart that curses:

His mouth is full of lies and threats; 
   trouble and evil are under his tongue.

Psalm 10:7

  • A heart full of hatred

With words of hatred they surround me; 
   they attack me without cause.

Psalm 109:3

  • A perverse heart

A troublemaker and a villain, 
   who goes about with a corrupt mouth

Proverbs 6:12

  • A heart that lies

 The LORD detests lying lips, 
   but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 12:22

  • A heart that is foolish

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, 
   but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

Proverbs 15:2

  • A heart that is evil

The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, 
   but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

Proverbs 15:28

  • A heart that gossip and slanders

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Romans 1:28-32

  • A heart that is corrupt

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Ephesians 4:29


God makes it very clear that we are not to lie.

“Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds” Colossians 3:9

Our human mind knows no end to its creativity when it comes to rationalizing our behavior. This capacity increases when we create more deception and lies.

When we slander, we choose to lie about someone’s character or actions.  Thomas Watson the Puritan divine wrote- “The scorpion carries his poison in his tail, the slanderer carries his in his tongue”. Proclaimed Christ Followers are guilty when it comes to the willingness to share evil reports of other believers. God says that we are not to speak evil unless we are in the process of edifying the person themself! “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[