“Death and Life In the Power Of the Tongue”

tongue and its power

by Dona Hake

Have you ever seen someone appear to fall apart as a result of someone being unkind to them or a word spoken that was hurtful. Many times people may not realize that the careless word they just spoke could potentially put a hurting person in a very bad place. If a person is walking in a place of despair and discouragement and they feel there is no way out, they need lifted up. Oh Lord, help us to see with your eyes the hurting people around us.

There is a cliche I have heard often.  “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back!”  Usually this is said when someone just seems they cannot go on and they throw up their hands and just give up.  The idiom the straw that broke the camel’s back is from an Arabic proverb about how a camel is loaded beyond its capacity to move or stand.  Many times people become paralyzed by fear of failing again or they just feel they can not go on any longer.

Yesterday I shared about treating others the way you want to be treated.  The truth of life and death are in the power of our tongues goes hand in hand with how we treat people.

Proverbs 18:21 (GNT)
“What you say can preserve life or destroy it;

so you must accept the consequences of your words.”

You see the truth of our words carrying  power not only affects us but it has the power to affect others.  On a positive note I love to think of the power of one encouraging word.  Have you ever been there?…you are about to give up, and one person speaks one powerful encouraging word and out of no where you just feel that with God’s help YOU CAN!!!!   There is power in our words.   Never underestimate the power of death and life in our tongues.