Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
The power of the tongue will produce one of two things: it will produce life or it will produce death. We have been designed by God to have relationship with Him and other people. One of the ways we do this is through our verbiage. Our tongues articulate our thoughts, hurts, desires, and loves. Without the ability of the tongue, relationships would be very different than what they are.
What we say to one to another will always produce something.
- Our words can be instructional – teaching someone to do something new.
- Our words can be correctional – showing someone their mistake or why something didn’t work.
- Our words can be emotional – showing kindness or meanness, harshness or gentleness, truth or falsity, uplifting or defeating.
It would benefit both our natural and spiritual being to slow down our tongues and really think about the words we use and what they will produce once they pass through our lips.
Too many lives have been hurt and destroyed because of thoughtless words spoken hastily. Proverbs 18 also connects these things to our words: contention, strokes, destruction, snare and wounds.
Proverbs 18:6-8 KJV
(6) A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
(7) A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
(8) The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
These are the things that a fool’s words will produce. Notice where the words go: the belly (soul, mind and heart). In the “belly” those words can easily turn into bitterness, anger, revenge, etc. Eventually they will bring forth that fruit called death.
Some words are so offense to the mind and heart that they become a prison that keep one’s spirit in bondage.
Proverbs 18:19 KJV
(19) A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Offensive words can become like the bars on castle windows. Offensive words leave our lips and produce such strong emotions in the hearer’s soul. These words begin to control how the hearer views everything else around them. However, in the very next verse, we read the words: satisfied, increase and filled. Contrast offensive words with right words and see the opposite effect they have on the emotions.
Proverbs 18:20 KJV
(20) A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
The ESV uses the word ‘yield’ instead of ‘increase’. In other words, “I’ve said the right thing and it will be a blessing to someone”.
Proverbs 18:20 ESV
(20) From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
(11) A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
A word of counsel or reproof, that is perfect, becomes especially beautiful, as fine fruit becomes still more beautiful when displayed in silver baskets. We should always be looking to share that special word that will make a difference in someone’s day and possibly the rest of their life.
I desire to speak the kind of words that yield a blessing in someone’s life. I do not want to speak the kind of words that hurt people. May the words I communicate to others show God’s love, forgiveness, healing and salvation. All these things, I can guarantee, will yield amazing blessedness in one’s life.
Ask God to give you the right words to speak into someone’s life that will yield the right kind of fruit. Measure your words and speak powerful things that bring life to the listener’s soul.
Proverbs 18:21 KJV
(21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.