Proverbs 18: Words Kill, Words Give Life


For so many years, the words I spoke caused so much damage. Sometimes I was even proud of the way I could decimate someone with my words. I didn't realize the long term damage or the power of my words until I started reading Proverbs.

Once I realized how speaking harshly to people around me, especially to my husband, was sowing seeds of discontentment, anger, foolishness, strife, confusion, disrespect, and chaos, all leading to death, I knew I had changes to make. I had been walking the life of a fool, speaking death into every area of my life. Learning the power of my words, I pursued Jesus, walking closely to Him to know His character and to invite Him to change my heart and the words that sprang from it. And I prayed for crop failure over all those seeds of death.

Yep, I prayed against the things we’d said and done in our past, I prayed against the consequences of our ignorance and running from God. I continue to pray for  Him to search me and show me my iniquities, so I could continue to repent and walk differently.

Words Kill, Words Give Life
18 Loners who care only for themselves spit on the common good.
2 Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth.
3 When wickedness arrives, shame’s not far behind; contempt for life is contemptible.
4 Many words rush along like rivers in flood,but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.
5 It’s not right to go easy on the guilty, or come down hard on the innocent.
6 The words of a fool start fights; do him a favor and gag him.
7 Fools are undone by their big mouths; their souls are crushed by their words.
8 Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly?
9 Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.
10 God’s name is a place of protection—good people can run there and be safe.
11 The rich think their wealth protects them; they imagine themselves safe behind it.
12 Pride first, then the crash, but humility is precursor to honor.
13 Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.
14 A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?
15 Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.
16 A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people.
17 The first speech in a court case is always convincing—until the cross-examination starts!
18 You may have to draw straws when faced with a tough decision.
19 Do a favor and win a friend forever; nothing can untie that bond.
20 Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest.
21 Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
22 Find a good spouse, you find a good life—and even more: the favor of God!
23 The poor speak in soft supplications; the rich bark out answers.
24 Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.
Proverbs 18 The Message

Stop. Evaluate your words to today. Do they lead to life? Or to death? What will you do with it?

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