The Power of the Tongue

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The Bible has much to say about the words we speak—words that give life or words that administer death. Whether our communication builds up those who hear or whether it tears down and discourages others, we ourselves will also be impacted by our words. As Proverbs 18:21 demonstrates, we will “eat” the consequences of what we say, for example:

GOOD WORDS: Builds up and gives grace to others (Ephesians 4:29); turns away the anger of others (Proverbs 15:1); are soothing to the soul and healthy for the body (Proverbs 16:24); will keep us out of trouble (Proverbs 21:23); are acceptable to God (Psalm 19:14); are prudent and appropriate to say (Colossians 4:6), etc. Lastly and most assuredly, when we appropriately speak the word of God to others, it will be profitable communication (2Timothy 3:16).

However, when we speak BAD or CORRUPT WORDS, they can defile us (make unholy) (Mt. 15:18); they can be condemning (Mt. 12:37); can corrupt us and others (Eph. 4:29); bring us under judgement (Mt. 12:36); can wound and discourage (Prov. 12:18); stir up anger (Prov.15:1); break another’s spirit (Prov. 15:4), etc.

Perhaps it would be helpful to keep these images in mind:

GOOD WORDS administer life and are sweet like honey——————————————————->

(Proverbs 18:21 & 16:24)

CORRUPT WORDS are bitter and deadly


(Proverbs 13:13)

It is sobering to realize how our words can cause us to fall into sin and even come to ruin (Proverbs 10:9 & 13:3); but at the same time, encouraging to know that our words can be a tree of life for ourselves and others (Proverbs 15:4).

One Reply to “The Power of the Tongue”

  1. We need to remember this more each day. We should be an inspiration to others and ourselves. We don’t know the state of others around us.

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