by Sis. Kim McDougal
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” – Proverbs 18:21
What does this scripture really mean? It’s simple. There’s power in the words that you and I speak. And, it goes both ways whether it’s an encouraging word or slanderous word. Is there a particular phrase that’s stuck with you all your life? Mine would be my spiritual Godmother telling me, “I believe in giving people flowers WHEN they can smell them!” Powerful because she was saying life is short and you may never get another opportunity to compliment or love on a person.
Just as she spoke enlightening words, I also remember words spoken to me as a child, “You’ll never amount to anything, you easily get brainwashed by other people, you can’t stand up for yourself!” See how these words to a child can adversely affect them? These stayed with me through my teen years and it would not be until I gave my life to Jesus that He would heal me of this and now I know those words aren’t true.
You and I have people all around us daily that we can affect. We can either affirm them or denounce them with our words. It’s important to choose to uplift. If you find it hard to talk to a person in a positive way, then ask God to help you speak and let Him give your mouth the right words. Remember, what you speak can be with that person for the rest of their lives. What do you want them to remember about your words of influence, life or death?