Sticks & Stones

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Oh, if only that were true. But, words do hurt and some leave wounds that won’t go away.

Proverbs 18: 21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.”

Wow! Death and life! Who would have thought that the tongue had that much influence! We have all felt the power of words in our life, especially hurtful words and especially from our fathers. God seems to have put some extra umph behind the words men say. Sons and daughters have been injured by something dad has said. Those injuries are the fruit that harmful words bear.

The exciting thing about this verse is that life is also in the power of the tongue and that also bears fruit.

Proverbs 16:24 says: “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Dads, your tongue has power to heal broken spirits, to encourage the downcast, even to inspire greatness. That should be something that excites all of us. God has given us a wonderful and overlooked gift. It doesn’t seem possible, does it, that mere words can do so much? Until we remember that everything that exists was created by God’s spoken word. God’s word does not exaggerate; if God says it, He means it. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

We can speak life to our kids; we can literally change their lives for the better by what we say. And, not just our kids; how important is it to speak kind and loving words to our wives. In fact, speaking words of life in all of our conversations will even make our lives better. “And those who love it will eat its fruit.” That’s good fruit!

God knows the power that He has given us, and He wants us to appreciate it.  He doesn’t want us to overlook or underestimate the power of our words. They will bear fruit. We need to understand that. That fruit will be either life or death. That’s why He says, “Those who love it”

Men, imagine, life is in the power of your tongue! That’s something to be excited about! How will you use it? Be intentional, be purposeful, love it.

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