Proverbs 18:21- Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Your mouth can be your greatest friend or deadliest assassin. Many times we abort premature blessings in our lives by cutting too quick the umbilical cord of our mouths. I once read a quote that went like this- If only our tongues were made of glass how much more careful we would be when we speak. The sad thing is, we hardly understand the impact of our words, and when we do, the damage is catastrophic. King Solomon in giving this gem of a verse in Proverbs was exercising frankness in the matter. Simply put, the tongue can be your ticket to death or life. Consider the analogy of toothpaste. When we need it, we simply squeeze it to give us what we want. However, in squeezing the tube, it is pretty much near impossible to get the paste back in. This is like our words. You can’t recant spoken word.
Ever had the familiar childhood encounter of back talking your mum or dad? *shoots hand in air* I did. The scolding was imminent and more likely than not, you would be well rebuked with the phrase- Watch your mouth! As parental scolding is to a child’s development, God reminds us-and warns us- to watch what we say. Sometimes we say too much. For the sake of your Christian walk, give the mouth a vacation for spiritual recuperation. Think of it this way, if we leave our house faucets on constantly, can we truly blame the billing company for the expensive bill? No. God wants us to exercise a sense of restraint when it comes to our mouth. While we may be caught up in what we preach even as Christians, God is more concerned with what we say on the regular. Let us not be prisoners to our own mouths, but be the speakers of blessings to not only our selves but others.