Psalm140:3 “They make their tongues as sharp as a serpents, the poison of vipers is on their lips.”
The bible has much to say about the tongue. In James 3 it says the tongue is a small part but makes many boasts. Although a small part of the body it is like the rudder in a ship driven by strong winds. Then it goes on to say that the tongue is like a fire, a world of evil that corrupts the whole body and that fire is set by hell itself! It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison!
I have seen the power that is unleashed by the use of the tongue. Proverbs 18:31 says, “the power of life and death is in the tongue”. The reason it is such a powerful instrument is because of the creative ability embedded in the spoken word. God spoke and the world was created. He said, "let there be" and there was! Since we have been created in His image we have the same ability to release that same power - the power to build up or tear down, power to strengthen or weaken, the power to heal or to destroy.
In fact, prophecy is the Father’s heart spoken to His children. In 1 Corinthians 14:3 we are told that the one who prophecies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. The spoken word should edify. When your words edify you build up and improve. When we speak we should be admonishing one another, releasing destiny and speaking affirmation to a person’s life.
However, we see from our verse and from others including James, that far too often our mouth is not used to speak life. The problem with speaking negatively is that it is so easy to do. There are always problems and issues. You don't have to look very hard to see the faults in others. In fact, it is always easier to see a speck in someone else's life than the log that is in our own. When we dwell on negative issues our mouths will speak them out. Soon, that is all you see and speak. Why? Because, it corrupts and poisons!
We are instructed to keep our tongues from evil and our lips from speaking guile. Our mouths should be the source of life giving words that feed the soul of the hearers. The question we need to ask ourselves is: “Is that what my mouth does?”
Prayer: “Father, forgive me when I haven't spoken life and where I have been the source of speaking badly. I ask that you would cleanse my mouth and use me to edify those I come in contact with. Give me your eyes to see that I might speak your life giving power filled words. In Jesus name, amen!”