Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].
Words, Words And More Words…
We sure do use a lot of words! If we are not speaking words, we are typing words, texting words, tweeting words, or merely thinking words. We use words to share our hearts, to give opinions, to show love, to show anger, to curse, and to bless. I have been asking the Lord to make me more conscious of the words I speak and the thoughts I think. The Bible makes it clear that there is power in our words to bring life or death. My desire is that all my words – spoken or unspoken – bring life.
The Poison Apple And The Prince’s Kiss
Think of the story of Snow White. We all remember the poison apple from the jealous queen that was given to Snow White. One bite of this poisoned apple resulted in endless sleep (death) for the princess. Then, the kiss of the prince brought Snow White back to life. The kiss of love reversed the curse of the poisoned fruit.
This story can be likened to the effect our words have on others. We can use our words to poison, or we can use our words to bring life. When we are careless in our word choices, using them to harm another or to speak with jealousy and animosity (in other words – death), it is no different than bringing a poisoned apple to eat. When we consider our words carefully and align them with God’s definition of love, then we release a kiss of life.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
We must make sure that our words are filled with the expression of patience, kindness, gratefulness, humility, peace, forbearance, and forgiveness. Our words need to delight in truth, grieve evil, protect, cover, release hope; and most of all, they must relay the love of Jesus. This is not easy since we speak a vast amount of words each day. But the Holy Spirit is always with us to help us use words seasoned with His loving kindness. God desires that we would allow Him to touch our mouths and fill them with words that bear good fruit. He also desires that we would allow Him to renew our minds so that our thoughts are pure in His sight.
The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in His sight. Proverbs 15:26