“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21
Words have power. They can inflict wounds that last a lifetime or heal a broken heart.They can soothe a troubled child or ignite a revolution. They can destroy a friendship or kindle the flame of love. In fact, God’s Word says that life and death are in the power of the words that we speak. (Proverbs 18:21). He also says that we will be justified or condemned by our words. (Matthew 12:37). As we go through our days this week, let’s ask the Lord to anoint us and grace us to be responsible in our choice of words in all situations.
One man may wield with ease a sharp-honed sword,
And drawing blood, strike death with that long knife.
Another for his weapon chooses words,
Yet with dead aim, he too destroys a life.
‘Twould seem that power resides in reservoirs
And can be drawn and used for peace or strife.
Ah, yes, and ’tis the Master Wordsmith’s Word
That teaches in our words is death and life.