From time to time, if you’re like me you’ll take some time and reflect on the power of the tongue, I mean the power of your words. In fact, I was reading The Mind Connection by Joyce Meyer the other day and she wrote about the importance of thinking before you speak. How many of us actually really do that?
How many times have you said something that you regret saying just as it’s come out of your mouth?
Or how many times have you known that saying something wouldn’t end well but gosh darn it you had to go and say it anyways?
There are times when I have to literally hold myself back from saying something because I know that the end result isn’t going to be pretty.
Our words can hold both blessing and a curse, life or death as Proverbs says:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21)
So today’s post is all about minding our Ps and Qs.
The Power of the Tongue: Eating Death
Did you know that come judgement day, you’re going to have to give an account of every careless or idol word you’ve spoken? It’s not just speaking about the hurtful or damaging words but the time you’ve said something when there’s been no good reason to say anything apart from to hear your voice or appease your ego.
This actually reminds me of the story of Jephthah in the Bible. Just before he went out to fight the Ammonites, he made a promise to YHWH to give as a burnt offering the first thing that came out of his house to meet him if he was victorious. Unfortunately, the first “thing” was his only daughter and child!
Oh, what a vow to make, and a tragic example of eating the fruit we speak.
He didn’t need to do that so why did he? I’m not going to say that I know for sure but I think he was possibly proving a point. You see up until that time he had been kicked out of his father’s house and the land by his brothers because he was an illegitimate son. So when the elders came to ask him to fight on their behalf, he remembered it and said:
“Didn’t you hate me and drive me from my father’s house? Why do you come to me now, when you’re in trouble?” (Judges 11:7)
Once he saw that they were prepared to accept him and place him as their leader and once he had the experience of the presence of God come over him he must have been so filled up that he spoke without really thinking about what he was saying until seeing his daughter coming out of the house dancing to celebrate his victory reminded him.
This is a definite reminder to not let our mouth be led by our feelings and understand we have a responsibility to use our words with care because they are so powerful.
The Power of the Tongue: Eating Life
On the flip side, our words can be used to bring blessing and life.
My verse of the day yesterday was Romans 10: 9-10 but I want to focus on verse 10.
“For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.” (BSB)
Whilst this scripture is talking about ultimate salvation, it is also talking about salvation as a general principle.
Whilst your belief may justify you and bring you in right standing with God it is not enough to save you, you have to confess with your mouth in order for salvation to take effect.
This again shows the power of the tongue and why we need to be mindful of the words we speak.
Just like in the vows of the old testament where words were binding, it is still the same today.
So how can we use this?
–Marry your beliefs and your words well. You only ever speak what is inside your heart, your heart shows what you believe, so get clear on what’s going on inside you.
–Stop saying words that you don’t want to eat the fruit of instead it’s better that you don’t say anything at all until you take time to mindfully examine what’s inside your heart.
–Start confessing life and salvation instead. Where do you want salvation to touch your life? Begin confessing it out. Remember you can eat the fruit of these words just like you can eat the fruits of words that bring death. Be someone who loves words of life instead of words of death.
I hope this helps you.