Taming the Tongue
King Solomon teaches that our words have the power of life and death. Angry, thoughtless, hypocritical words can wound and destroy relationships. Words of healing, comfort and reconciliation can transform our lives.
Even though words can hurt, the tongue can bring us and others great blessing and delight. According to Proverbs 25:11, well-spoken words reflect beauty and value: “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
How Our Words Can Protect Us
In Proverbs 18:21, Solomon teaches “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” “Wisdom” is described as a person who seeks to protect us and prepare us for life’s struggles. Jesus, John, and James agree with Solomon-get wisdom.
Broken bones heal more quickly than wounds inflicted by a malicious tongue. Lying words, hypocritical words, and thoughtless words can destroy lives. Conversely, timely words aptly spoken can contribute to comfort and healing.
King Solomon declares that our tongues have the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21), He recognizes that with forethought, the tongue can heal, encourage and teach (Proverbs 16:23). However,our words can destroy relationships, break spirits and negate our witness (Proverbs 12:18).
Discretion and Spiritual Maturity
King Solomon and James both warn us that our words are extremely powerful, and he reminds us that living the righteous life God desires includes carefully managing every word we speak. We learn to control our speech by offering ourselves to God, and following Jesus' model.