Day Four: Blessed speech

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

“Now, why did have to say that?” This is the usual response to someone, or even to our own selves when we express unbiblical thoughts and emotions that either put a damper or even extinguishes the wonderful blessing that we receive. An example would be after a wonderful encounter with the Lord, saying things like “I am not sure if I experienced anything”, or saying things that are contrary to scripture, like “God doesn’t bless me”, or in frustration saying things that are outside of biblical truth and boundaries.

Today’s passage clearly emphasizes the role of our speech in the experience of God’s blessing in our lives and in the lives of others, where the tongue has the power of life and death—of blessing and non-blessing. Therefore, may we freshly learn today that our speech does matter before the Lord. For what we say and the manner in which we say things are directly linked to the experience (receiving) of God’s blessing in our lives.

Therefore, we ought to not say things that are untrue and that leads to death—such as speaking out of rage and bitterness, out of evil thoughts and intent, out of doubt and frustrations of life.  We are to not even whisper such things. Also, we are to no longer give in to the mindset that says “whatever comes to mind”, I will say it.

Today, pray that you will no longer give in to the sinful habit of verbally expressing every wrong thought, emotion, and desire, but that our words will be transformed by the renewing of our minds, emotions, and speech.