Words from the Heart for Thursday November 2nd, 2017
Your tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words.
Proverbs 18:21 (NIRV)
The Power of the Tongue
Teachers know this verse is true. Parents have proven the power of their words with their children. An employer at the workplace has discovered the potential of their words among the workers. Empty words are the opposite. Cutting words destroy. The Spirit of the Lord will teach us how to use our words to bring life to those around us. If we have been hurt in the past, He will heal us so we can spread words of life.
Newfoundland is known for unique cuisine, and none more so than cod tongue. It’s not actually the fish’s tongue but a gelatinous bit of flesh from its throat. Decades back, it was free to anyone who sifted through fish heads on the docks. Since the moratorium on cod fishing, it’s now a prize piece gracing high-end menus. Described reassuringly as “an acquired taste,” it’s traditionally served battered and fried, topped with scrunchions (crispy bits of salted side pork).
The school playground mantra, “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me” is simply not true. Words have power to build up and tear down. Far too many young people have been bullied by words that have cut them so deeply they take their own lives. The words we speak have great power. King Solomon recognized this and wrote in Proverbs 18:21, “Your tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words.” As we mature in Christ, hopefully we recognize the power that our words have on others. We ought to speak only those words that edify and encourage others. That doesn’t mean that we don’t speak the truth. Jesus always did that. And sometimes He did it with force – just ask those whose Temple tables He overthrew. But Jesus’ words were always appropriate for the circumstance. So should ours be. Before you speak, do you ask the Holy Spirit to give you the words to say? As Solomon says, you will have to eat your words. Make sure that they are healthy and tasty.
These have been words from the heart.