Words are the creative bricks that build and form our reality. These bricks can be used to build strongholds in our hearts and minds. The words we speak and hear can also be used against us and others.
Don’t give the devil any building material!
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Love what? “The power of the tongue.” What does that look like?
The chief expression of love is to give. If we give ourselves wholly to speaking life and truth, the fruit of those words will become evident in our lives. We must not be double tongued or double minded about this.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Whoever keeps his mouth, and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”