Proverbs 16:24 shares insight to the power of positive words and the physical effects that have upon our minds, emotions and bodies when spoken. It says, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24 NIV). This word “healing” in Hebrew is marpe’ and it means health, remedy, cure, sound, wholesome, curative, medicine, a cure, and deliverance (Strong’s H4832). Gracious or pleasant words possess healing properties, and we should lavish one another with them.
Words that edify impart grace to the hearers. Read Ephesians 4:29 in its entirety, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Oikodomé is the Greek word for “edification” (Strong’s G3619), and it simply means to build up. Do our words build one another up? When they do, we impart grace, God’s favor, charis (Strong’s G5485), “upon each other.”
According to these two verses, grace or pleasant words have the power to heal the soul, the mind, and the emotions, which aligns with the Living Word, Yeshua’s power in Isaiah 53:4-5 where it says that “He carried our sorrows.” Meaning He bears both physical and mental pain. And because of the atonement, our spoken words of faith also carry this same healing property. So, harness the power of pleasant words so you and others can heal.
If your friend receives a negative report that he or she will never survive this medical situation, be the bearer of encouragement and share God’s healing report with them. Reassure them that the medical field does not have the last word in the situation—Jesus has he last word when He cries out on the cross, “It is finished!” His plan of redemption is complete, nothing is left undone, and healing has been bought and paid for by His blood. Prophesy words of healing into your friend’s physical body.