“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
The scriptures warn us numerously about the power of our words. Because words have power, we clearly have to be intentional with what we speak. Mastering the art of tongue control to only speak words that are true, kind, noble, honorable and praiseworthy is very important in living a fulfilling life. Our tongues have the power to speak things into existence. So if we are to speak, we should speak only things we want to materialize.
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It is very often easy to say kind words to and about others. But how often do we say untrue, unkind and demoralizing words about and to ourselves? Let me give an example. If you constantly believe and say you are lazy and unproductive, the brain tends to make your body believe that and automatically, those negative traits manifest.
It is sad that people say negative things about themselves as a joke and think that it cannot manifest. Words are so strong that even a simple “Today’s going to be a great day!” can change your mood entirely and even alter the experience one has the whole day. Mark 11:23 says “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.”
This means that if we truly mean what we confess, it is very likely that we will possess it. This involves words about ourselves and others. Even as a parent, certain manifestations come to life in the lives of children because of certain words we spoke. When something is said over and over again, whether true or not, it soon becomes a reality.
The good news is, we can pray diligently to God and ask Him to guide our words. One way of doing this is by reading the Scriptures. Philippians 4:8 says “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”. This is an ultimate guide of how our words should be in all situations and circumstances. This is easier said than done, especially in situations that make us angry or upset. But the Bible goes ahead to guide us in Ephesians 4:6 2 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry”. This tells us that if the words you speak in anger are not righteous, then its better being silent.
Having understood that whatever we perceive we conceive and whatever we confess we possess, it is very noble to be careful with our words. We have to be intentional about what we say and when we say it, in the understanding that our tongues have the power to speak things to life.