Proverbs 18: King James Bible
Power of the Tongue – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verses 20-21
20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Power of the Tongue
In my view, verse 21 may be one of the most powerful verses in this whole chapter. At the very least, the most direct and to the point.
In the verses above, we learn the Lord’s reasoning behind all that we’ve covered to this point, concerning the things that come out of our mouths. The power of the tongue can speak life, or death.
The Lord spoke on this back in the book of Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy 30: King James Bible
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
The instructions are fairly clear in my opinion. When it comes to the things that we decide to speak, bless and don’t curse. Choose life, so that you and your seed (or your family) shall live.
With our mouths we can bless ourselves or others, and with our own mouths we can curse ourselves or others. But have you ever noticed how easily the cursing comes out? I don’t mean saying bad words, but saying things that may be literally cursing yourself or someone else?
As I’ve written in the past, nobody needs to teach a child to sin, but rather teaches them how not to sin. We are fallen beings living in a fallen world. Even for us who live in Christ Jesus, we may have an even greater clarity on this issue, as our spirit wages war in our members against the flesh.
Check out this page I did quite some time ago called Self vs Spirit, to read more about the war against the flesh that we can find on display by the Apostle Paul in Romans. But what I’m trying to say here, is that we who have had our spirits reborn in Christ, are actively recognizing the difference between what the flesh wants to do, versus what our spirit wants to do.
The flesh wants to be carnal and stay true to the sinful fallen nature that we’re all born into. The spirit wants to serve the Lord, do what’s right by the Father, and remains untainted by the world and all of it’s influences. So you can understand the strife between the two.
I said all of that to say the following. We who are in Christ Jesus, need to be actively removing the curses that we speak. The will of the Lord is stated clearly above concerning which he prefers.
This is all just one piece of crucifying the flesh and living by the Spirit of the Lord in Christ Jesus. Speak life and not death. Bless and curse not.
I’ve learned throughout the years (in most cases the hard way), that the things that you decide to speak, will manifest in some way eventually. Might not be today or tomorrow, but it will. When words come back after taking fruition, how’s it going to taste?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mark 11: King James Bible
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Romans 12: King James Bible
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
James 3: King James Bible
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Thank you for all of the information that you’ve given us through your Word, and thank you for giving us access, to all of the instructions of life and living according to the Author of Life! Lord, take the coal, and cleanse our lips if we are prone to say things that might offend you. And also teach us to bless and curse no more. Teach us the things that we do by way of habit, or should we subconsciously be giving the flesh a place of authority, where we don’t want it to have that authority. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you abuse the power of the tongue?
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