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Memorization Scripture – Proverbs 18:21

by on February 23, 2012

The following is compiled by Helen Westberg

Proverbs 18:21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit.

The tongue is a little member, but its power and influence for good or bad are out of proportion to its size.  Inner satisfaction comes from true and good speech.  The words people say wield great power.  God takes notice of every word we say, even that which we ourselves do not notice.  The Word in our hearts is to teach or control our speech and conduct.  The words you speak are an expression of your character.  Careless words can make a fool out of us, so we are wise to think before we speak.  The solution for the problem of controlling our tongues is to seek divine wisdom.

Guard your mouth, for a guard upon the lips is a guard to the soul.  Speak carefully, realizing that words have the power to wound and to cause division and strife.  Use words to bless, encourage, and bring life to others.  By God’s grace, seek to live in righteousness and peace in all you say and do.

A person’s life largely reflects the fruit of his tongue.  To speak life is to speak God’s perspective on any issue of life; to speak death is to declare life’s negatives, to declare defeat, or complain constantly.  God judges a person by his words, because they reveal the state of his heart.  A man may do a great deal of good, or a great deal of hurt, both to others and to himself, according to the use he makes of his tongue.  And if by our words we must be justified or condemned, “death and life,” are no doubt, “in the power of the tongue.”  Words have a weighty influence on our eternal destiny.

God has given us two eyes, that we may see much; two ears, that we may hear much; but has given us one tongue, and that fenced in with teeth, to indicate that though we hear and see much, we should speak little.

The heart is a fountain, words are the streams.  A troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring, must send forth muddy unpleasant streams.  Nothing but the salt of grace, cast into the spring, will heal the waters, season the speech, and purify the corrupt communication.  Let us keep constant watch over ourselves, that we may speak words agreeable to the Christian character.

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