Proverbs 18:21 NIV
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
The Bible tells us we hold power in our tongues. It is so powerful that we speak life and death from it and that everything we say bears fruit. It helps me to think of it like this: speaking negatively breeds more negativity and speaking positively breeds more positivity. When we speak phrases such as “I can’t do this” or “I’m never going to get better,” think of the fruit we are producing from that.
Words are very powerful. Everything was created by the sound of God’s voice. By His word, He spoke things into existence. By His word, the world and even all of us were created. What we speak may have more power than we understand. He created us to use words to glorify Him and to think about the fruit we want to bear from them. Ephesians 4:29 says “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
The book of James illustrates several analogies to help us understand this concept. In James 3:3-12, controlling our tongue is compared to putting a bit in a horse’s mouth to make it obey its owner. He also compares it to a large ship being controlled by a small rudder wherever the captain wants it to go. Last, he mentions that praises and cursing cannot come out of the same mouth in the same way freshwater and saltwater cannot flow from the same spring. If we gain control of our mouths, it will affect how we live our lives.
It can be overwhelming to think about changing our thought process and our speech patterns, but all we have to start with is noticing. Let’s become aware of what we say today. If we notice a saying like “I can’t do this”, maybe we can add on “but I can do it through Christ who strengthens me”.
Colossians 4:6 NIV
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.