The Power of the Tongue

Scientific fact has it established that that as small as the tongue appears, it is the strongest body organ. Amazing how that is? The scriptures establish that so much power lies in the tongue, how that by mere words, troubled is amassed and by same words, trouble is averted.

Proverbs 18:20-21 says,

“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruits of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.

In essence, the tongue is powerful in a believer’s life and by it powerful pronouncements are made. It determines your course in life. What you will be in life evolves by the usage of your own tongue, what you say concerning yourself. Moreover, it is worthy of note that words have the power to create. Little wonder that by words were things created (Genesis 1). Therefore, what you say contains power; it can either make or mar your life. As redeemed people, we must resolve to speak in line with God’s purpose for our lives.

In order to make good use of the tongue, self-control and your heart have major roles to play. The scriptures make it clear that “…out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). So also as a man thinketh so is he. In other words, a man automatically becomes what he thinks because he confesses that to himself. What you constantly pay attention to will affect what proceeds out of your mouth. You can only fill your heart with the right thoughts when you pay attention to God’s words. Our manifestation as believers has much to do with what we pay attention to.

The scriptures talk about how powerful and difficult to tame the tongue is (James 3). Much more that a fountain cannot both send forth sweetness and bitterness. Therefore, self-control has to guide the words that are produced of your mouth. The Bible in Galatians 5:23 enlists self-control as part of the fruit of the Spirit that we bear as believers. If we claim to live by the spirit, we must also walk by the spirit with personal integrity, Godly character and moral courage – our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25). In essence, self-control comes to play when we give essence to the life of the spirit in us.

Ephesians 4:29 says,

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is good to the use of edifying , that it may minister grace to the hearers”.

Brethren, the words you speak do not only affect your destiny, it affects the life of the hearers also. Therefore, speak of the glory of God; speak of the grace of God; speak of His faithfulness; speak of His blessings; speak of His wondrous works; speak to edify; speak to affect others positively; speak rightly.

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