(Proverbs 18:21 KJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
How many parts of your life can have such a sweeping statement? “Death” (4194) and “life” (2425b) are linked to the “tongue” (3956). Do we take this literally or figuratively? Does it matter? What we have to say has a “power” (3027) over our now and our forever.
I don’t think this is talking about our eloquence in public speaking. I think this is referring to our everyday us of our mouths. It implies that we can use our mouth to build up or to tear down. The second part of the verse says that the effect we have is based on what we love, our basic values and priorities.
So? What kind of tongues do you speak? Cruelty and arrogance do not need an interpreter. Let your mouth be a trumpet of love and compassion today.