The tongue can be our greatest friend or worst enemy. To the wicked, what they say gets them into trouble. Time and time again, I have seen wicked people ensnare themselves with the words of their mouth. From gossip and slander to lying and cursing, the tongue or mouth of the wicked can wreak havoc. Likewise, it’s the gracious words coming from the lips of righteous people that deliver him from death and fill his life with good things!
What we say with our mouths is important! Now, what we say will never ultimately trump what we do, but what we say steers the course of our lives!
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
We have the ability to prophesy and bring forth life or death based on what we say. Understandably, wicked people prophesy and speak death; therefore their lives are “trapped” due to this sinful talk.
Righteous people escape trouble and in fact their lives are filled with good things due to their words. This proverb tells us that our words can produce a benefit to our lives in the same way that our actions can. Our actions make us what we we are, but it’s our words that set the course!
“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” – James 3:3-5
Watch what you say!