“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).
God has endowed humanity with the power to speak things into existence, just not the kinds of things some erroneously teach. We may not be able to speak a cupcake into existence, but we can speak peace. We may not be able to speak a Mercedes into existence, but we can speak hope. We may not be able to speak a job promotion into existence, but we can speak grace. We may not be able to speak money into existence, but we can speak greed. We can speak unity, and we can speak division. “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). Indeed, we can even speak life, as well as death. No wonder the Bible cautions us about the tongue so fervently and so frequently.
Husbands and wives, how many of the words you speak build your spouse up, as opposed to tear them down. I bet the state of your marriage bears witness. Parents and children, the same is true. The words you speak about yourself influences your own mental wellbeing. I mean, call yourself a loser long enough, and eventually, you’ll believe it. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Our mind is a battleground for the key to our heart, and our tongue is a weapon of war. Ever question what your heart truly desires? Just listen to the words you speak; your words are a reflection of your heart. Therefore, let’s set our minds on things above, and not be preoccupied with the things of this world. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
We ought to record everything we say, throughout a given day, and then playback the recording at the end. I bet we could all benefit from such an exercise, myself included. I wonder what nuggets we would discover about ourselves, the insights we would gain about the state of our lives, and what we might learn about our relationships with others. We speak so much darkness, on a daily basis, that I, for one, am exceedingly relieved that Christ’s promises about mountains being thrown into the sea (Mark 11:22-24), and receiving whatever we request in prayer (Matthew 21:22), are bound by faith and God’s will (James 4:3). I can only imagine what devastation we would bring to bear, otherwise.
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