Pastor Tim

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
The above verse contains a blessed invitation and a stern warning. It speaks to the power of the tongue.
The tongue has been known to launch holocausts and wars. The tongue has brought death to marriages, families, friendships, churches, careers, hopes, reputations and much more.
But the tongue can also be a tree of life (Proverbs 15:4). It can reconcile people and make peace. It can make marriages sweet, families strong, and churches healthy. Tongues can give hope to the despairing and even spread the gospel.
Tongues can express themselves vocally, in writing, in typing, through social media, in acts and gestures. So, does death or life come from your tongue? What did your tongue say while we were experiencing winter storm after winter storm when we were supposed to be well into spring? Was it a blessing or a curse?
It will all depend on what’s filling your heart. Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” A critical heart produces a critical tongue. A self-righteous heart produces a judgmental tongue. A bitter heart produces a harsh tongue. An ungrateful heart produces a grumbling tongue.
The words you speak come from what’s filling your heart. A merciful heart produces a gracious tongue. A faithful heart produces a truthful tongue. A peaceful heart produces a reconciling tongue. A loving heart produces an encouraging tongue.
The top verse says that you will eat of the fruit of your tongue. No one wants to eat death. How many flock to hear the message of death? Not even the death of Jesus on the cross would be worthy of going to a Lenten service were it not for the resurrection. Any sane person wants to eat, sleep and live life.
So, fill your heart with love and grace by soaking in such Bible passages as Matthew 5, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 13 and Philippians 2. Be very careful taking in the words of death in the newspaper, the radio, the TV, or the blog. Look for the blessing in every situation and day. Think of it as looking for that missing piece of the puzzle. Pray, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips,” (Psalm 141:3).
The world is full of words of death. “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19), who “was a murderer from the beginning … and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Why join Satan in his “restless evil” (James 3:8)?
If you are trusting in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are from God (1 John 5:19) and His Son is “the Word” (John 1:1), “the truth and the life” (John 14:6) and is the One who alone has “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). So, find ways to speak it.
Let us, together, make our mouths “a fountain of life” (Prover 10:11). Seek opportunities to speak kind, tenderhearted words that are “good for building up” and “give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). It really comes down to a matter of which fruit you want to eat, death or life? Speak death and you will eat death. Speak life and you will enjoy a banquet of life-giving fruit.
Happy Eating! Pastor Tim