A torahisteaching Book Club Recommendation
The Power of Compassionate Speech!
In response to an excellent question, I am posting this book as my strongest recommendation that it be added to your library for anyone who wants to improve their ‘Power of Compassionate Speech!’ Along with the link for the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s website: https://cchf.global/#person_scrolling
Training our tongue (which is all flesh) to cooperate with our spiritual desire to frame our words with kindness, justice and compassion – for starters… will result in far more improvements gained in our spiritual life, than we may have set out to accomplish!
This is very disciplined work for which a person must be “dedicated unto death” in order to achieve! Especially, if we should have the occasion to begin with a very stubborn little spirit.
This is what the Chofetz Chaim says, “Loshon hora is a weapon manufactured solely from words, yet the Torah considers the harm those words create to be massive. So sharp a wedge does loshon hora set between a Jew and Hashem, that it even deprives him of Divine assistance in a time of need…. Because people speak many times a day, every day of their lives, and most of what’s said appears to create no discernible consequences, it becomes easy to perceive speech as a relatively benign force.”
A few key points jump out at me here.
“Most of what’s said appears to create no discernible consequences“
“…it becomes easy to perceive speech as a relatively benign force.”
This is so true, and so very destructive to our own souls. For the most part, we behave as if nothing is happening when we speak negatively or say some unkind, mean or horrible thing. The world never seems to end, and the sun still rises and sets. So it is very easy to deceive ourselves into believing that our speech is absolutely benign— having no force or effect.
On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much going on at all. Yes, we may have hurt someones feelings, but they will get over it, right?
Yes, they might.
But we are left with a much greater problem than we can see in the natural.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
Just as GOD’s Words live in and transform the atmosphere and us, possessing both spirit and life… We, being created in the image and likeness of GOD have to understand, that our words live in and transform the atmosphere and others, as well.
Your words are both spirit and life!
Your words have the ability to define and redefine reality. This is why our thoughts carry the same weight as our words.
Words can actually fly out of our mouths…words that we intentionally and/or unintentionally released, with or without cause. I am speaking from personal experience, so I am very familiar with the situation.
Guarding the tongue, is a full time occupation. One that requires a constant companion and mentor. The Chofetz Chaim can assist us with that, 179 days of the year, which is 6 months at a shot.
Prescription: Remain steadfast daily in prayer and take 1 brief page for a lesson a day, for 179 days (6 months).
You don’t have to be Jewish to benefit from the wisdom and daily reinforcement of good spiritual behavior and constant focus and repetition.
This Book is a Masterpiece! A torahisteaching Book Club Must Have!
If you do not own a copy, I strongly recommend it.
Thank You for Asking me about it my friend!
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psalm 34:13-15 King David
- Chofetz Chaim: seeker of life
- shmiras haloshon – guarding the tongue