Speaking Words Of Life
How are you using your tongue?
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. Proverbs 18:21 NLT
When I was a child, if I felt ill my mom would sometimes take me to see Dr. Locker. He was a country doctor. But he had an amazing ability to tell what was wrong with me. He would stand me up on his office stool and use a tongue depressor to peer down my throat. While I said a big “Ah-h-h-h,” he would shine his light to check out my tongue. That seasoned medical man could diagnose my problem by looking at my tongue!
The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life. John 6:63
In the same manner, I too can pinpoint most people’s problem by listening to what their tongue is saying. When I hear words of criticism, spoken words that are destructive, self-defeating, and even words that kill, I know that speaker has deep issues of the heart. He needs healing and deliverance.
If we humans choose life, then we will want to live life “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) When we consume the Word of life and get its truth in our hearts, then what comes out of our speech will be seed words to produce the good fruit of life. This is the byproduct of a wholesome tongue. If we feed on noble, life-giving words, our speech becomes a channel of life-giving blessings. Our words have a one plus factor to them. There’s more to our confession than we know: either of death or life.
A proper, Spirit anointed tongue can be good medicine, a therapeutic source for healing. A sick tongue sickens others.
Ask the Lord to heal the hurts and bitterness in your heart. For it is out of the heart that words flow from the mouth. (Matthew 15:18) A healthy heart makes for a healthy tongue. The Lord will send His Word and heal your heart.
Great minds discuss great ideas
Remember, great minds discuss great ideas. Average minds talk about events and things. Small minds talk about and criticize other people. Which one of these are you? How are you using your tongue? God has given each of us a tongue to use to sow seeds for a harvest of good. Speak life!
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