” The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom” – Proverbs 18:4 CSB
Every day, we use words to express our thoughts, concerns, emotions, and opinions. Those words have a greater impact on the ones around us than we realized. They can either make or break people. Once words are spoken, there is no way of retrieving them. They are permanently engraved in the hearer’s mind, which is why we need to be careful about what we say. Indeed, “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21a).
I’ve seen many relationships broken over the years and too many of them because of what was said… Husbands unable to move past the hurt caused by their wives’ harsh rebukes. Wives having held grudges and suffering in silence due to the thoughtless comments of their husbands. Lifetime friendships that never overcame the blow of a verbal confrontation. Essentially, any relationship can be affected by what comes from our tongue. Oh, what a powerful double-edged sword!
But just as words can break one’s spirit (Proverbs 15:4), they can also be used to heal, to encourage, and give life.
“The tongue that heals is a tree of life but a devious tongue breaks the spirit”. – Proverbs 15:4
Take a moment to look back at your relationships. How many of them could be improved by words of life, words of wisdom and kindness? You have the power to uplift others and to speak wisdom to them. You have the power to lift someone completely broken and to speak life to dead situations. Your lips can be used to glorify God or to dishonor Him.
How many children whose lives would have turned out differently had they had someone speak life into them? And how many still carry the awful unseen scars of a parent, a sibling, a neighbor or a teacher’s violent remarks? How many would have benefited by some kind of encouragement?
We all need discernment in order to carefully choose our words but the first step lies in making the decision to choose this day who we will serve: the giver of life and his righteousness or the wicked and violent one who only seeks to destroy? When we choose to follow the giver of life, we also make a commitment that our mouth will only be used to bless as a fountain of life and not to curse. (Proverbs 10:11)
So friend, what will you choose today? Do you choose life or death?
As followers of Christ, we are expected to follow in the example of our Savior who was known for speaking life into others, blessings with his mouth and healing with his lips those afflicted. So let your tongue be a healing fountain from this day forth.
Father God, please forgive me for using my words to harm others. I want my words to bring comfort, joy, and healing. Teach me how to use my tongue wisely. Let it be a fountain of life rather than a destructive weapon. May I always reveal Jesus through my words and actions. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Proverbs 10:10, 32;