The power of the tongue from a different perspective
Most of the times when we hear a sermon about the power of the tongue, it mainly relates to what we say about ourselves or our situations.
We have heard sermons about us speaking positively, declaring and speaking Gods Word over our lives and not the situation, While this is very important and true, the scripture in Proverbs 18: 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Is not limited in its application.
What do l mean?
Lets look at the scripture again;
Proverbs 18: 21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
We use the tongue not just to speak about ourselves, but we speak to others with our tongues. Based on that, the scripture is applicable to what we say to others.
Has anyone every said anything to you that made you sad? Yes, we all have experienced this, that is the power of the tongue. Someone tried to steal your joy by speaking something bad. Friends, what we say to others really matters and we need to watch our words very carefully.
I remember many years ago, l was trusting the Lord to get out of university. Due to the background of financial hardship l really needed a miracle and was standing on some scriptures and the mercy of the Lord. I just could not bear to think about going back doing outstanding units after all the severe financial hardship l had been through. I needed the Lords mercy and His mighty hand.
One morning as l was praying, a particular scripture came so strong to me. That morning l went to the faculty and as l was minding my own business, a lecturer came around and was talking to a lady standing in front of me. He said ‘ If you think you can leave this university without completing some modules we will find out while compiling the results and you will have to come back and resit the papers. Suddenly, the scripture that the Lord gave me in the morning arose strongly on the inside and quenched those words spoken by the lecturer.
While those words were not addressed to me physically, they were a weapon of the enemy to ensure l stopped trusting the Lord to get out when l desired too, Thank the Lord that He knew ahead of time and gave me a sure word in the morning. The Lord knew those destructive words were coming.
To cut a long story short, l did leave that university at the desired time which was a miracle. I left with a good number of outstanding units by the hand of the Lord. My result came out first batch, no resists, no recalls. The mighty hand of the Lord.
So what am l saying? Are you believing the Lord for something and someone said something contrary to you? The person tried to kill your faith? Or were you happy and rejoicing over something until you told someone that belittled it? We have all met people like that. They are called ‘ joy killers’.
We need to remember that we shall give account of every idle word we speak.
Matthew 12: 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Words are containers of life and death. Words of life include words of encouragement, godly advice, words that will enrich another. Death is not always instant and words can begin a process of death in an individual. What do l mean? A seed of discouragement, a seed that plants strife and envy the list goes on.
We need to be careful what we say to others and also we need to be discerning in what we receive from others. Sometimes we need to reject words spoken to us by others and uproot them and refuse to dwell on them.
So next time we are about to say something, lets remember that the scripture: ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof’ has many applications.
Let our words be containers of life to others.