Life And Death Are In The Power Of The Tongue!


By:  Bill and Teddy Rogers

The tongue is one of the smallest organs in the body and its potential for good or evil is very great.

The word “tongue” is often a reference to the spoken word and what our tongue produces has eternal significance, for it reveals what is in our heart. This holds true whether we’re speaking of spiritual, physical, or emotional “life and death.”

Proverbs 18:21 says “The tongue has the power of life and death.”

In the Bible, the books of Psalms, Proverbs and James contain many scriptures referencing tongues (way too many to list in this post).


Proverbs 11:30 says “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.”

Tongues can reconcile peoples and make peace. Tongues can make marriages sweet, families strong, and churches healthy. Tongues can give hope to the despairing, advance understanding, and spread the gospel.

Tongues can also save lives. Examples: A doctor recommends a life saving surgery; a counselor gives hope to a person contemplating suicide with an uplifting word; or a tornado warning is issued just in time.


Proverbs 16:28 says A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

People can die because of something someone says. Example: A false witness can be the cause of a death or prison sentence.

Tongues have caused the death of marriages, families, friendships, churches, careers, and even governments.

Tongues have caused wars and mass destruction. And, murders are often initiated because of arguments.

A slanderer can destroy the reputation of a good person and a seductive woman or man can, by their tempting words, ruin a person's life.

Proverbs 21:23 says “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”


Have you ever lied? Have you ever hurt someone's feelings by your words or tone of voice?  Are you bitter toward anyone? Do you become angry with those who strongly disagree with you?

What you say and what you don't say are both important. Proper speech is not only saying the right words at the right time, but it is also controlling your desire to say what you shouldn't.

Examples of an untamed tongue include gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattering and lying. Before you speak, ask “Is what I want to say true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”

Today, be a person whose mouth is full of life. Speak words that encourage, that are kind and tenderhearted. Remember, compassion produces greater results than criticism or blame. Say something affectionate to a loved one at an unexpected time. Seek to only speak words that are good for building up – not tearing down. 


Ask God to give you wisdom on when to speak and what to say or what not to say. The power of life and death is in your tongue choose life!

If you are saved, God is your Heavenly father. He loves you and wants the very best for you. And, always remember, there is much power in your words.

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