Death and Life

Ray Pechardo

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

There was a story about a young man that was about to jump off London’s Waterloo Bridge because of desperation. A good Samaritan spotted him and was able to persuade him not to commit suicide through his encouraging words and by showing compassion!

There was another story similar to it, but the end was totally different! Instead of the stranger helping the depressed person from jumping off the bridge, after hearing the man’s depressing story, they both ended up jumping the bridge!

Words are powerful! The Bible says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”! God gave each one of us a tongue. We have the choice to use either for the good or for the bad. We can either bring a blessing or cursing. Our words can encourage a struggling Christian to keep going, or it can add fuel to make them quit. It can help someone to grow in their Christian life so that they can continue to fulfill God’s purpose for them and experience the abundant life that Christ offers, or it can hurt them to the point that they will be scarred for life. We need to understand that our spoken words cannot be taken back.

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword…

Once we say those hurtful, unkind, and insensitive words, we cannot take it back! We can say our apologies later on but the damage has been done. We need to be very careful when using our tongue. So many families, relationships, and friendships have been ruined because someone was too careless with their words!

Understanding the power of the tongue will help us choose our words wisely. Choice words are sweet to the soul!

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
A wise tongue teaches wisdom.

Proverbs 10:31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom:

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life:

Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

The challenge for us today is this because the Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue:” We need God’s help to control our tongue.

James 3:6,8 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

We cannot control our tongue if we are not willing to be under the influence of the Holy Spirit. We need God’s help to be able control what we need to say and what we don’t need to say. We must avoid a foolish tongue at all cost and it is only possible with God’s help. By the way, we will all be accountable to God someday in how we use our tongue!

Matthew 12:36-37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

I hope that will be our desire as Christians, to be a source of wisdom, a channel of blessing and encouragement through our choice words.

Ray Pechardo

Bro Pechardo serves the Lord full-time as our Filipino Pastor, Missions Director, and Soulwinning Director. Ray and his wife Lucy have three children.

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