The Power of Words

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

                      -Proverbs 18:21


In every day life, we use words, and if you believe it or not, your words are changing someone’s life, for worse or for better. From the Scripture that is used above, you can see that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Okay, awesome. What next? Well, there is nothing next. I’m not going to break down the verse one word at a time, or tell you the Greek meaning behind the word “the” or “power” or “death” or “fruit.” Sometimes, we don’t need to open anything else up, reference wise, except for Scripture. I know this is a struggle for me at times, because so many times I will want to get out three different translations of the Bible, with a concordance, then open up a Greek or Hebrew dictionary that tells the meaning of each word from the old days…but now, we are going to do something a little different. We are going to, maybe for the first time in your life, or maybe you have done this before, we are simply going to let God’s Word speak for itself. The power of your tongue has the chance to kill or give life. Wow. That could end this blog post now, but it’s not the end. 

There was a story one time that a friend of mine told me about. The story consisted of a man that had two bowls of cooked rice. The bowls had the same amount and kind of cooked rice in them, so the man took the bowls of rice to a room and let them sit for three weeks, but the catch was that on one container, the man taped a piece of paper to one and wrote these words on it, “I love you. Peace. Kindness. Gratitude. Live.” and the other container had writing on it as well and it said, “I hate you. Sick. Evil. Dark. Die.” The man waited for three weeks and one day, a total of twenty two days and went to check on the rice. When he got there, he first looked at the first container that had positive writing on it and it looked fine. I probably wouldn’t eat twenty two day old rice, but it looked perfect, but then he went to check on the other rice that had the negative writing on it, and it was molded. It was nasty looking and it smelt terrible. WHAT?! This must be a joke I first thought, but I looked it up and found it on YouTube, and surely enough, my friend was right. The positive writing effected the first bowl of rice to LIVE, and the negative writing on the second bowl of rice effected it to DIE. 

I’m telling you, it doesn’t make sense to me, but whenever someone tries to prove Scripture wrong, please ask them what their source is. If it’s Science, then that person might as well stop, because Scripture backs up creation and creation backs up Scripture. Don’t believe me, look up Louie Giglio’s “Indescribable” sermon. I’m telling you, there are things on Earth that God creates for a specific reason to BACK UP SCRIPTURE. For example, this bowl of rice experiment. Your words have the power to kill someone or give them life. So, today, be careful what you say, and how you say it, because you never know, it could be the one godly thing in their day that makes them completely turn back to God. 


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