Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Word Power – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 23
23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Word Power
Here it is again! More advice concerning the kinds of things that come out of our mouths. We’ve touched on this a few times now, but this verse might point out something others we’ve covered may not.
The difference here, is that there isn’t a comparison as others gone by, between the mouth of the wise, and the mouth of the fool. Or the good verses the evil.
The verse begins with “whoso.” This means whoever keeps his tongue, won’t cause unnecessary and avoidable trouble to his own soul. This is telling us, that the rule applies to the saved, and the unsaved; the good and the bad, wicked and righteous, etc.
I titled this devotional “Word Power.” This is because whether or not you believe that words have been given a supernatural ability that affects the way things go, many natural things can be controlled by the things that often go flying from our faces, thus giving words power.
I do believe that what we decide to say greatly impacts our lives, and also the lives of others in a more unseen or supernatural sense. After all, this is the indicator of what the contents of our hearts are.
But just think about it for a moment, of all the bad things that can happen by saying one word.
With a word, you can:
- get beaten within an inch of your life
- get fired
- get killed
- save lives
- save your own life
- grant approval for something to happen
- prevent something from happening
These are just a few things, but I’m sure you can think of more. Word power sometimes goes beyond what we can foresee. When people lie, they can get tripped up. You can swear and break an oath of some kind, and suffer the consequences for it. You can unwittingly make an enormous impact on someone’s life, due to the power of words.
The Bible teaches us to (as much as is possible) use our words sparingly, or at the very least thoughtfully. Taking care that every word will be taken into account by the Lord.
I have to admit… This is something that I pray the Lord won’t want to deal with when it’s my turn to stand before him (well, unless it’s all of the good things). I hope that the blood of the Lamb will blanket all foul and misused words into one consolidated ball of forgiven sin, so as not to anger everyone waiting in line behind me for weeks on end.
Seriously though, we may be forgiven of the sin, we are still going to face the repercussions while we’re here still kicking. The best course of action is to take word power seriously, because even if you think it’s foolishness, the Lord himself who is the Creator of Heaven and Earth, takes our words very seriously.
He’s placed life and death, blessing and cursing, before us. Therefore we should be choosing life that it’s well with us, and we’re not causing unwanted and unnecessary damage to our own souls or to others.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 12: King James Bible
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
John 15: King James Bible
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
1 Timothy 6: King James Bible
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Thank you for your instruction, and for the effectiveness of your word, transcending all the changes that occur from generation to generation. Your Word still stands and is the truth. Help us Lord, to use words in the manner and with the intentions that you created them for. Help us to refrain from using our words in any sinful manner, and change our hearts as is necessary, in order for this to become a better part of our nature, not a worse part. This we pray, to be better servants and children unto you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever taken the time to watch the effects of word power play out?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 15 P.185 – Eyes of the Lord
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 10 P.101 – Multitude of Words
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 16 P. 211 – Depart from Evil
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 10 P.100 – Well of Life
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 338 – Words of the Wise