"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21
Because our tongues have the potential to speak words of life or words of death, we need to take inventory of our words often. What are you saying? What words are you speaking?
You can use your mouth to speak life. How? By speaking words of faith. By speaking words that are kind, encouraging and gracious. By speaking words of peace and contentment. By speaking clean, pure words. We speak life when we use our mouth to testify to the goodness of God, when we give Him praise, adoration and thanksgiving.
You can use your mouth to speak death. How? By speaking words of doubt, fear and unbelief. By complaining and criticizing. By speaking words that are rude, degrading, insulting and belittling. By yelling, cursing, scolding, lying, condemning and arguing.
There is a saying that I am sure you have heard- "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me". It gives the impression that words are only words and have no power to harm. This is not true. Our words can do more damage than the sticks and stones. They wound on the inside. They can wound so deeply that the scars from them can be carried around for years.
Do you want to use your words to bring life or death? Take inventory and see which they are doing. Are they the cause or the cure?
Have a great day. We need to take inventory regularly of our words to make sure that we have more words of life in us than of death.
For further reading:
Proverbs 15:4; 16:24; 31:26
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