Most people hear the phrase, “watch what you say,” one time or another. Some hear this phrase more times than they would like. We need to make this phrase a teachable lesson on how important it is to be careful what you say. Our words are extremely powerful and have a lasting memory for many people, good or bad.
The book of Proverbs delves into this topic more 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,” 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 phrase, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” True, stick and stones may break bones, but names or words will never hurt me is a bald-faced lie. Your words can hurt yourself and others, intentionally or not. Words coming from your mouth also come from your heart and can defile yourself. Defile means to make unclean, impure, or unpleasant.
If you have a Bible, turn to the Gospel of Mark 7:14-23. In this passage, Jesus discusses what defiles a person. Starting in verses 15-19, nothing outside a person going into their body can defile them. It is true when you eat food, it cannot defile you as a person. What enters into us is goes into our stomach and not into our heart.
Jesus contrasts in verses 16 and 20. What comes out of our mouths will defile us as a person, because it comes from within our hearts. We now have a heart condition. In verses 21 and 22, 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. There are more heart issues that defile a person as the works of the flesh. Speak words that are good and uplifting to everyone. Look at Galatians 5:22-23. See what your Christian character looks like and not defile ourselves.
So, “How do I eat good fruit or speak good words?” Really you should be asking, “How do I get my heart right?” Simple, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Matthew 12:37, “for by your words your will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.” So, careful what you say and remember 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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