The Power of Words

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

I love Proverbs. I tend to be pretty direct and to the point about things so Proverbs really works for me. There is so much wisdom and instruction in the book that I could spend months pouring over it and continually receive revelation. Proverbs 18:21 is one of the verses that really stands out to me.

The third verse of the Bible states that God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God spoke and brought creation into being. His spoken word has creative power. Our words have power too. If you doubt the power that words have, the following experiment may change your mind. For 30 days, two plants, kept in identical conditions with the same amount of light, water and fertilizer, were displayed at the school in Dubai. Children were encouraged to record both negative and positive comments including playground taunts. The verbal bullying and the sweet nothings were then dished out regularly to the plants using a computerized voice.
At the end of the month, the plant that had been on the receiving end of the negativity appeared visibly different, with drooping and dying leaves. Meanwhile, the plant that had been told nice things had thrived. The photo shows the two plants – you can clearly see the difference.
The power of life truly is in the words we speak, so do as TobyMac’s song Speak Life says, and speak life, even when you don’t feel like it. Even when you look in the mirror and don’t see the image you want to see, thank your body for all it does for you. Speak life over the dreams you haven’t seen come to fruition yet. Speak life to the promises God has given you that are requiring a walk of faith right now. Speak life and you will produce good fruit. God spoke it in the Bible so we can stand on the knowledge that it is true.


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