Our words are containers of power that create action. They build up or the tear down. Words have the power to bring life or death physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This isn’t magical. It’s a matter of cause and effect.
Proverbs 18:21 says that life and death are in the power of the ton. What does it mean by “in the power of the tongue?”
The Scripture isn’t the only place we see life and death in the power of the tongue. In fact, it’s connection to the issue of life and death is found throughout Scripture. This means it would be wise to understand the power of the tongue.
We hear all the time young people committing suicide in our culture because of something someone bullied or told them. This is a clear example of life and death in the power of the tongue in society today.
Untangling The Tongue
The book of James tells us that “the tongue is a small part of the body” (James 3:5). But it goes on to talk about the tongue as if it has a personality, not like a physical part of the body. The key takeaway about the tongue is the words it produces. Let’s take a look at Proverbs 18;21 like that.
Life and death are in the power of that tongue produces
There are two things are going on there. There are words, and there is a production of them.
We know what words are but how are they produced? Those words come from the heart before they land on a person’s tongue. So, now let’s look at the verse that way
Life and death are in the power of the spoken words that come out of the heart.
James goes on to say how this looks.
With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness (James 3:9).
When the Bible is talking about the power in the tongue, it’s talking about the words we say.
Revealing The Power
Words are containers of power that create action. They build up or tear down. Words have the power to bring life or death physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It’s a matter of cause and effect.
1. Physical. Words can bring life through encouragement, or a kind and proper warning. For example, a person gives hope to a suicidal person, a doctor advises lifesaving surgery, or a severe weather warning advising what precautions to take.
The words of a judge or jury have the power to give or take away life. These words have more power than if the person is in fact guilty or not guilty.
Physical death can be a result of hateful words or spoken in rage or anger.
2. Emotional. What we say has a profound impact on other people’s hearts.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But a pervasive tongue crushes the spirit (Proverbs 15:4).
Some wound as they speak, like swords; but the tongues of the wise heal (Proverbs 12:18).
A crushed spirit is a wounded soul within their emotions. A traumatized soul shuts down their emotions, in essence killing them. Words that carry life can bring dead emotions back to life through healing.
3. Spiritual, Jesus came to give us life – abundant and eternal life.
The thief comes only that he might steal, kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10).
Now this is eternal life; that they know who the only true God, and Jesus, who you have sent (John 17:3).
Here are words that lead to spiritual life or death:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved (Romans 10:9-10).
You Have A Choice
The issue of life and death has always been a choice. From the beginning, God has always given humanity a choice between life and death,
In the Garden of Eden, He set the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the center for a choice between life and death.
Before Moses let the children of Israel into the Promised Land, they were offered the choice between life and death.
See, I set before you today life and prosperity m death and destruction (Deuteronomy 30:15).
When Israel was under siege by the Babylonians Jeremy was sent to offer the choice between life and death.
Tell all the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: Take your choice of life or death!” (Jeremy 21:8).
The power in your tongue is ruled by your choice. Humans are the only creation of God that have the ability choose their words.
However, that can be difficult to master.
But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8).
If this is true where did the choice go! It’s still there. God has given us the way to choose life and tame our tongues.
How To Choose Life
The way to choose life and tame our tongues is deeply rooted in Jesus He is the way the truth, and the life, as well as the word made flesh.
He taught us that what we need to do to tame our tongues is pay attention to what is in our hearts. Although He is rebuking the religious leaders in Matthew, the truth is seen again in Luke.
“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of snakes! How could evil mean like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” (Matthew 13:33). Do you see, the power in the tongue being used in society today?
A good person produces good thinfstfrim the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart (Like 6:25).
Being filled with Him fills our hearts with life. Also, James and Pauk tell us how to put the right things in our hearts,
Let The Word Of Christ Dwell In You Richly
In all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Take note that every one she quick to listen, slow to sprain and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. We must get rid of the moral garbage and the evil that is so prevalent within us and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can give you life and save you from death, (James 1:19-21).
We need to start building each other up, instead of tearing each other down in the world today. Or it means death to our world.
Life And Death Are In The Power Of The Tongue And We Can Choose To Speak Life,