The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
The power of the words we speak is a theme throughout the bible. The Bible begins in Genesis with The Lord speaking and the earth forming. God spoke life into existence. The bible says that The Word of God is alive, it is living, and inspired by the Holy Spirit. The power of spoken words cannot be denied. The author in Proverbs is ascribing that our words are equally as powerful, but the choice is ours as to whether they are life giving or death bringing. He goes as far to suggest that those who love to “talk” or gossip, will reap the consequences.
To me, our words carry so much weight. Whether it is from the platform or whether it is to a friend or colleague, the way we say it and the intention behind it can actually shape the way it is received. In verse 24, it says there are “friends” who destroy each other. I never want to be thought of as the person who is always negative or speaking death over people. I never want to be the friend who is destroying. I want to be the person who is giving life!
I think there are 3 very important ways we can be intentional about speaking life.
• Speak life over yourself
I don’t know what your self-talk looks like, but sometimes mine is pretty terrible. I can be my harshest critic. Honestly, if I’m not speaking life over myself, how can I expect others to take it seriously when I speak it over them? Find some verses that really speak to you and speak/pray them over yourself every morning. My go to verse in this season is 2 Timothy 1:7.
• Speak life over others
When was the last time you made an intentional effort to find the good in someone? Intentionally encouraged them, not just when they did something good? Sometimes, people actually need someone to call out the gold in them before they start living in that truth. Make it a priority to encourage someone or to speak God’s promises over them. Remind them they are a child of the most high King, that they have a plan and a purpose, that they were created by God ON PURPOSE, that they are the head and not the tail. The Bible is full of amazing encouragements that apply to every single one of God’s children. Find someone today and speak LIFE over them.
When we practice praying the Word of God out loud, we are planting seeds of Truth and reminding ourselves of God’s promise to us. Practice praying out loud. Practice praying the Word of God out loud. Even if you feel silly, if you are consistent, you will being to see that the words you are speaking are actually giving you life. The more practiced you become, the more confident you will be in speaking life over others.
Father thank you for your son Jesus. Thank you for your Word and the power of life that lies within it. Forgive me for my negative speaking and any time I have had a critical spirit. I pray that you would help me to know your word and know your promises, so that I can begin to speak them over myself and others. Help me to always encourage and lift others up, even when I am tempted to speak death. Let the words that come out of my mouth be encouraging, lovingly challenging, and like water to the soul. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Megan is a single gal living in NYC (the best city in the world) and working in ministry. She is passionate about helping women grow in their confidence of who God has created them to be and helping them develop their God-given gifts and talents. She has lots of great stories to tell so just ask!