Proverbs 18:20-21 With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue. My desire is to give life with the words that I speak to people, spiritual life, eternal life. I have established 5 axioms to grow the power of my mouth to speak words that give life.
#1- out of the same spring fresh water and salt water do not come. I want to eliminate totally from my life the “salty” words, words that are negative, critical, complaining, angry, unkind,hurtful and boastful. The presence of those kinds of words in my conversations and relationships will infect the words that I speak while teaching the Bible, while teaching my grandkids, and while talking to Patty.
#2- what I think about most of the time is how I will speak. I will take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, I will listen to my thoughts and when I first start thinking wrong thoughts I will choose to think about something good.
#3- Faithfully reading the Bible and memorizing it will powerfully program my mind and my heart to think and speak good.
#4- Watching television is a fast way to infect my mind and heart with wrong and foolish words.
#5- Hearing myself while I speak is a skill that I must learn. Many speak incredibly mean words and seem oblivious to what they are saying and the hurt that they are causing.
I want to become very sentiment to the words I speak, and hear myself well.