TEL AVIV, ISRAEL- The tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love it will eat its fruit. Two major ideas inspired by Proverbs 18:21.
This is just one of the many verses that highlight the significance of speech, the power of our words. Proverbs was written by no less than one of the richest man in history and also considered one of the wisest. King Solomon, during his reign some 3,000 years ago penned this book. Now, I would guess for anyone who wants to be rich and wise, learning from this ancient leader isn’t a bad idea.
As you peruse Proverbs multiple themes are addressed: Finances, relationships, learning, character development, and work ethic to name a few. Holding equal prominence and space is the power of our words.
The words we speak are in essence reinforcement of our thoughts. Our thoughts as we all know influence our actions. Ergo, once we reinforce this very ingredient that moves us to act – we bring closer to reality our ideas.
It’s like this: If you think you’re an idiot and say you’re an idiot, then don’t be so surprise that you’ll soon be acting like one.
Declarations – which is basically a form of a command, decreeing something to come forth, is present in the words we say. When we speak something, there is always a result.
Reaping what you sow
Whatever you plant, you will reap.
Save for a rainy day. You’re prepared for what is to come. Spend all your money now. Then pray it will never rain or you’ll be drowned. It’s a scientific truth: Every action yields an equal or opposite reaction.
The same goes with our words. If we sow hate – insults, accusations, gossip, slander, lies, and negative affirmations, there are consequences. What we sow will come back to us in one form or another. We will “eat” the result of our declarations.
It’s why in any situation and no matter how difficult it is sometimes, we must learn to speak life – speak the truth, speak what is good, speak what is possible, declare what can be done instead of what can’t.
After all, like a meal we partake, we don’t want a rotten dish. We want to eat something flavorful and delicious. Like milk chocolate – which I don’t consider part of the food pyramid, but the food pyramid itself!
A life that’s filled with love, joy, peace, and success can begin with life-giving speech.