- Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
I bet you’re like me—very familiar with today’s proverb. I’ve used it on numerous occasions as a reminder to use caution in how to speak and in what to speak.
The other day I happened to notice a cross-reference given for this verse in my study bible. The cross-reference was Matthew 12:33-37.
Imagine my surprise when I read it (see below)…
- Matthew 12:33-37 (NKJV)
- 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
- 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
- 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
- 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
- 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Wow, turns out that the life being killed or saved is our own!
Now that adds a hold new dimension to guarding our tongue.
- The ONE THING today: You are speaking life or death into your own life with every word you speak.