“The tongue has the power of life and death.” (Prov. 18:21)
Our words have weight, it really matters what we choose to say. The writer of this Proverb believed them to have the power of life and death. That is pretty significant- just imagine, your words can give life, build others up and awaken new vistas of obedience, faithfulness and service or they instead wound, discourage or lead people astray. They have the power of life and death. This being the case- then we ought to aspire, with the help of the Spirit, to be people who use our tongues to give life. Paul encourages us to look at our motives when we speak and to examine our motives and he encourages us toward a use of our tongues that gives life; this can be seen in Ephesians 4:29. “Do not let anything unwholesome come from your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it might benefit those who listen.” All that to say, the scriptures recognise the power and the potential of the tongue. So, as Spirit filled believers we need to come alive to the power of our words and seek to use them to build up, edify and encourage people in their faith.
The writer of the Proverbs has much to say about this:
Good words can make an anxious heart glad. (Prov 12:25)
A soothing tongue is a tree of life. (Prov. 15:4)
Pleasant words are… sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Prov. 16:24)
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in the right circumstances. (Prov 25:11)
There is power in the tongue. Let’s use our tongues to build up and encourage others, to edify them and give them life.
Grace and peace from Marcus