Last week, we were in the topic of “words.” While we are in this topic, let us consider yet another area where words are vital to our everyday life.
Proverbs 18:22 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Notice how the writer puts the word “death” before “life” in this proverb. Apparently, in my estimation and assumption, he must’ve realized that our words are often more negative than they are positive. In other words, our daily vocabulary produces more death than life throughout the day. That is a scary thought!
Grammatically, the word “life” should’ve been placed first, as it brings the right attention to the reader, but Solomon decided to put it second. Why? Because words change things.
A truth to be considered is that the words we hear on a daily basis will forever be with us. They will be ingrained in our brains as well as in our subconscious mind. Words build us up and words destroy us as well. Words heal us or make us sick. Words bless us or curse us. The words that I hear in the morning will linger throughout the day.
Life itself is a byproduct of words. Think of it. Say that you are going to purchase a computer. This is often how this computer eventually gets to your house. You first think of the need to have a computer, based on what you have heard others say. Then you think and dream about desiring a computer. Then you talk about (sometimes even to yourself when no none is around) about getting a computer and how much you can do with it.
This is followed by research and questions about the best computer to get for the buck. You then become excited about getting the computer. Following all these thoughts and words (and thoughts are unsaid words), you go to the store and, with your words, request the computer and, with words, the salesman tells you what’s best based on what you’re looking for.
You purchase the computer and eventually you begin to use it for your benefit. Now life is good (you might think). All of this was started and done with words.
By the same token, wives and husbands may not realize how a biting, stinging word in the morning (or at any time during the day), will rob the spouse of efficiency and happiness for the rest of the day or even week or month. Yet, tender, hope-filled and positive words can actually lift a spouse’s spirit for a better day and a better tomorrow.
It is vitally important to make words work for us. We must learn to fill our words with power that can not be resisted. The way you fill words with power that can not be resisted is to fill words with love and faith.
Speak what you believe — not what you may feel at the moment. Jesus told us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). Fill your heart with the Word of God, thoughts of God and faith.
Let us be reminded that our words will make or break a day for someone and will also give us the harvest of the “word seeds” we planted.
Make it a great word day!