Today I was reading from Proverbs 18:21 NLT
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
When this scripture talks about the tongue bringing death it is referring to the ways in which we gossip, rumor, complain, lie, or backbite one another, even the way we speak negative, untrue things about ourselves. When we are busy bad mouthing each other, or ourselves, we are effectively speaking death but into ourselves!
I often forget, in my day to day life, that the way I speak can be sinful; I forgot the impact my words have on me! In Romans we read that the wages of sin is death, in other words when I sin, I’m doing work that earns me death. Even though I’m eternally saved and redeemed, my actions have temporal implications. Just as if I robbed a bank, I believe God’s forgiveness extends towards me but I would go to jail, our words can bring judgment upon us here on earth.
Obviously the exact opposite is true as well; the more encouragement, truth, and life I speak, the more I walk in step with the Spirit of God and can expect to see the fruits of the Spirit in operation in my life.
What are you speaking? This verse reminds us that we reap the consequences of those words. Will it be death or life?