The tongue has the power of life and death… Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
Your tongue (or what you speak) has the ability to build people up or tear people down. It can be used as a tool to bring encouragement to someone or as a weapon when you feel someone has done something against you. It’s also a powerful tool in our own lives. Do you speak life-giving words over your own situations? How often do you speak words that bring death (or words that are negative)? Look at the list below:
I’ll never pass that test.
I’ll never get married.
This marriage will never get better.
I am sick.
I’m so confused.
Do you see what happened? All of the short, seemingly innocent phrases are counterproductive to you. What if you replaced those negative words with life-giving (or positive words)? See below:
I have confidence that I’ll pass the test.
God is preparing me for a future relationship.
The communication in our marriage is getting better each day.
I’m feeling better each day.
God has an unlimited supply of wisdom to give me.
Now, someone may be thinking that it’s irresponsible to state “I’m feeling better each day” when you actually feel sick. Here is the bigger point – words are powerful. They are powerful in shaping our actions and thoughts. So, what will you speak today about your own situations? Make the decision to begin speaking “life” (positive words) in your life today.