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The Harvest of Your Lips

The Harvest of Your Lips

“From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:20-21

Remember the childhood phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”? Is it true?

Have you ever been hurt by another’s words?

Have you ever hurt someone with yours?

Physical wounds heal faster and many times come without lasting effects. Hurtful words take far longer to heal, if they ever do, and their effects can last a lifetime for you, and longer for those you leave behind.

There are many verses and mentions in Scripture that talk about our words and the power they have.

Why do they carry so much power? I believe it’s because we are made in God’s image, and His words are powerful.

God spoke everything into existence. Jesus laid out 600 soldiers by simply answering their question of His identity with the words “I am he.” (John 18:1-6). Being created in His image means we have His characteristics, including the power of words.

The words we say to others, and to ourselves, can crush one’s spirit. They can build to the point where one no longer believes he or she has value. Words can stir up a fight, tear down relationships, rub salt in an old wound, and create division.

Words can also soothe, comfort, breathe life into one’s soul, offer hope and love, uplift, and strengthen.

There is great power in our tongues.

Here’s just some of what the Word says about our words:

“The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.” Proverbs 12:6

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

“Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give an account on the day of judgement for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:33-37

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. ‘In your anger, so not sin’ Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:25-27

“Their mouths are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” Romans 3:13-14

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” Romans 10:9-15

How are you using your words? Are you using them to build up those around you? Are you using them to share the Good News of Jesus? 

Sweet friend, we have all used our words to hurt. Let’s be more aware of what we say by asking God to put it on our hearts and our conscience when we say, are about to say, or have said words that destroy.

Let’s choose to be more aware of what’s in our heart, so that the overflow – our words – will bring comfort, strength, and faith to others.

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