We all have heard the phrase or saying, “watch what you say,” one time or another. Some of us have heard this phrase more times than we would like. One thing that we do not hear is why or make it a teachable lesson on how important it is to be careful on what you say. Our words are extremely powerful and can have a lasting memory for many people, good or bad.
The book of Proverbs has more verses on this topic than any book in the Bible. My favorite is Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Think about it for a minute. Our words are so powerful, they can produce either life or death. For example, a witness in court, by their words, either set a person free or condemn them to death in prison. Our words, also called “the fruit of our mouth” or “the harvest of our lips,” can be of great benefit to us when our words are positive and uplifting. In this passage, “those who love it” refers to people who are talkative, either in a positive or negative manner. The last part of this verse, “eat its fruit,” refers to you will either prosper from good words or suffer the consequences of your negative talk.
Another well-known phrase or saying, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” True, stick and stones may break my bones, but names or words will never hurt me is a bald-faced lie. Your words can hurt not just yourself, but others, intentionally or not. Those words coming from your mouth, also come from your heart and can defile yourself. The word defile means to make unclean, impure, or unpleasant.
If you have a Bible with you, turn to the Gospel of Mark 7:14-23. In this passage, Jesus discusses what defiles a person. He starts to explain in verse 15 that nothing outside a person that by going into them can defile them. It is true that when you eat food, it cannot defile you as a person. Jesus explained in verse 19 that what enters into us is goes into our stomach and not into our heart.
Jesus contrasts this in verses 16 and 20 that what does come out of our mouths will defile us as a person, and because it comes from within our hearts and not our stomach, we now have a heart condition. Going back to Proverbs 18:21, I talked about eating its fruit. In verses 21 and 22 of our main Bible passage, Jesus mentions what comes from within a person such as evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, deceit, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. Look at Galatians 5:19-21 as there are more heart issues that defile a person and they are all works of the flesh. You should be speaking words that are good and uplifting to everyone. Look at Galatians 5:22-23 and you will see what your Christian character looks like and how we should be speaking so that we do not defile ourselves.
So, you ask, “How do I eat good fruit or speak good words?” Really you should be asking, “How do I get my heart right?” Simple, ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and accept Him as your Lord and Savior. Matthew 12:37, Jesus said, “for by your words your will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.” So, be careful what you say and remember that your words are more powerful than you think, Amen!
I am Dale Van De Bogart and I approve of this message!
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