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The tongue has the power of life and death

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The Bible has a great deal to say about how powerful our words are, and in Proverbs 18:21 it is written that the tongue has the power of life and death. The power our words have can be used either to encourage or to destroy — it is up to us to choose which. In this article, we will, again and again, repeat “The tongue has the power of life and death” until it sinks in.

The power of the tongue has been recognized since ancient times, as documented in each of the four major world religions: Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Judaism. Proverbs tell us that the words we speak have great bearing on both our own lives and the lives of others; with a few simple words, we can both bring about tremendous joy or cause irreparable harm. The concept that language wields such power is aptly summed up in Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue has the power of life and death”.

Throughout history, those who abide by this proverb most often live happier and more successful lives. People who use their words to build up others, declare victory instead of focusing on defeat and talk positively rather than negatively experience fewer bouts of depression, enjoy more fulfilling relationships with their family members and are able to maintain healthy self-esteem.

Words have a powerful effect not only on shaping individual behaviour but also affect society as a whole. A single tone or phrase can inspire hope in individuals who feel discouraged; it may change the direction of life for countless people or reshape an entire generation’s attitude towards a movement or idea. It is no wonder why many choose phrases like “actions speak louder than words” as they feel that physical activity better embodies their visions for how they want to live—and while the action is indeed important—it can be used more effectively when aligned with positive words that confirm the validity of those actions.

How the Tongue Influences Our Lives

The tongue has a tremendous impact on our lives, both in what we say, and how we say it. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” We have the power to shape our lives and others’ with the words we choose. In this article, we’ll explore the power of the tongue and how it can truly influence our lives.

The Tongue as a Tool of Blessing

The Bible tells us that the tongue has the power to cause life and death. Life is an important attribute of God as seen throughout Scripture, and He has made humans able to speak a blessing over one another which can bring inspiration and encouragement. We can speak words of victory, declaring life and victory into each other’s situations.

When we use our tongues to bless others, we are speaking the language of love. We are telling them how much we care for them and that they matter to us by reaching out with encouraging words. Along with speaking blessings, it is just as important to listen in order to build relationships – listening attentively shows how much we value others’ opinions, experiences and feelings.

God’s Word says “The tongue has the power of life and death” (Proverbs 18:21). The evidence of this truth lies in our daily lives; when we bless others, it creates hope for a better tomorrow for them. It fuels faith in His power which brings about tangible change – something our world desperately needs these days! Thus, the tongue truly does have a potent capacity for both good and bad – our duty is to use it wisely for His glory!

The Tongue as a Tool of Curse

The tongue has the power to both bless and curse. Proverbs 18:21 explains, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Our words can bring life or death depending on how they are spoken.

When we speak out negative comments, insults, gossip or prideful words this can be a curse over someone’s life. The Bible warns us of our tongue and how powerful it is when we use it in such a way. James 3:6 says, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire by hell.” Gossip and slander ruin reputations even if you don’t intend for them to do so, therefore it is important to keep our tongues in check regarding others.

On the flip side, our tongues can be extremely powerful tools of blessing when used correctly and wisely. Colossians 4:6 tells us “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” By speaking kind words about others we could potentially impact their entire world positively by speaking words of life rather than death over them. It is worth being mindful when using our tongues because of their immense power to influence lives for better or worse.

The Power of Positive Words

It is said that the tongue has the power of life and death and that words have the potential to bring both good and bad into our lives. We have all experienced the power of positive words to bring us joy, fulfilment, and strength. In this article, we will explore the power of positive words and consider how we can use them to enrich our lives and relationships.

The Impact of Positive Words

Speech is one of the greatest powers that mankind has been granted. It gives us the ability to communicate, connect and create; it is influential, persuasive and inspiring. The words we speak have immense power, and perhaps no greater power exists than the power of positive words.

Positive words are filled with love, hope and promise. They enable us to move forward on difficult paths, inspiring us to believe in ourselves and create a better future. When used correctly they have the potential to transform an individual’s life, helping them through challenging times or giving motivation when needed. When spoken with intention, positive words can also bring comfort and reassurance to those who hear them.

However, it’s not just about what you say but how you say it; focus on using positive language that will empower those around you instead of using negative dialogue that could be damaging or disempowering. Consider avoiding insults, de-valuing statements or sarcasm – there is always a way to express yourself without hurtful undertones or connotations. Instead, strive for positive phrases such as providing compliments for someone’s success or achievement; this lets others know how valued they are which can encourage growth and self-confidence within them. Each time we use our words we create impactful results – so make sure you choose your words carefully!

The Power of Positive Affirmations

The power of positive affirmations, when spoken aloud and held with positive intention, can help you to shift your energy and raise your vibration. It’s the same power that is released through the practice of prayer and meditation. Our words become a manifestation of who we are—they can subtly shift the direction of our lives and open up pathways to opportunities that might have otherwise escaped us.

Positive affirmations are not just empty phrases; they have a real impact, both on our own beliefs about ourselves and on the people around us. When we choose to speak using affirmative words, we come out with a special intention that can uplift not only ourselves but those who hear us. This means we should always strive to fill our talking space with encouraging words full of hope and possibility.

Examples of simple affirmations that can help you brighten both your own day and the days of others include:

  • I always give my best effort
  • I am confident in my abilities
  • I am capable of anything I put my mind to
  • My life is overflowing with abundance and joy
  • I am surrounded by friends who share positive energy
  • My successes multiply exponentially every day
  • Today will be an amazing day full of blessings

Practising positive affirmations on a daily basis helps to create vibrancy in everything we do, whether it’s interacting with other people or engaging in creative activities. Remembering their powerful effects on both ourselves and others increases the likelihood that we will use them to nurture healthy relationships based on positivity and kindness.

The Power of Negative Words

The power of words and language should not be underestimated. The words you choose have the power to give life or take it away. Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” and this is so true when it comes to negative words. Let’s look at how negative words can have devastating effects on individuals, relationships and even one’s self-esteem.

The Impact of Negative Words

The power of our words is undeniable. Our words can have a dramatic impact on how we think, how we feel, and how we respond in any given situation. While many of us understand the power of positive words and try to express those more than others, what about the impact of negative words?

Though sometimes beneficial for strong reprimand or when speaking truthfully about a difficult situation, more often than not, negative words take a toll on mental and emotional health over time. Every time someone expresses negativity through hurtful language, it pierces the heart like an arrow. It’s believed that small arrows are greater hindrances because they’re easier to ignore or dismiss as insignificant- but they affect us nonetheless. In fact, they end up having an even greater impact on our relationships because we use them to express frustration in moments where love should be expressed instead. Unfortunately, the habit of speaking negative words easily takes hold once formed and it’s much harder to break free from it later on.

To avoid this downward spiral into pessimism and discord, one must be actively intentional about providing an appropriate context for their thoughts when expressing themselves–particularly with family members and close friends who share our misfortunes or successes as well as those who might not directly experience them with us first-hand. By avoiding negative generalizations centred around them (or us), being careful to limit criticism only where necessary- and especially keeping arguments out of it!-, maintaining an open dialogue free from incriminations or self-condemnation brings significant benefits which last beyond the current momentary conversations and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.

The Power of Negative Thoughts

The power of negative words cannot be underestimated as they can have a profound effect on our lives. Negative thoughts have the potential to lead us down a path of despair, leaving us feeling isolated, overwhelmed and hopeless. On the other hand, when we speak positive words that are uplifting and encouraging, they fill our lives with hope and motivate us to achieve greater heights.

Negative thoughts can be hard to resist because they often come from past experiences or memories that no longer reflect reality. Even when we know intellectually that something is untrue, negative thoughts can linger in our minds and prevent progress in any area of life. Negative language often puts limits on what we believe is possible for ourselves or others and can attract situations that reflect this doubt and disbelief.

On the other hand, positive thinking can create an atmosphere of optimism where solutions to problems arise more quickly and opportunities become apparent. Positive words have the power to focus energy on solutions rather than continuing to feed problems with more worry or frustration; ultimately creating an environment filled with love and support instead of criticism or judgment.

When we choose our words carefully, communicating with love instead of anger or indifference we invite more constructive dialogue into our lives and relationships. When facing difficult challenges a kind word accompanied by compassion will do far more than any criticism ever could – motivating everyone involved to work together for the best possible outcome. So it’s important to remember that even small acts like choosing kind words have the power to create a powerful ripple effect


In conclusion, the power of the tongue, as stated in Proverbs 18:21, is immense. It can bring life, joy, and love, or it can bring death, sorrow, and hatred. It all depends on the words we choose to speak and how we choose to express ourselves to others. We should always remember this when interacting with people. Our words have the potential to create lasting impacts, both good and bad, so it is important to think before we speak.

Reflection on the Power of the Tongue

As we look back upon our understanding of the power of the tongue, we can reflect on the consequences of our words. When we are mindful of how our words influence others and ourselves, we can use them to build up and empower those around us. We may not be able to control all of the words uttered in life, but with thoughtful consideration and respect for one another, we can take responsibility for our own words. As Proverbs 18:21 states “The tongue has the power of life and death”; it is important to remember that even with great power comes great responsibility.

It is essential to realize that while choosing wise words may seem difficult at times – they are crucial both in ensuring better relationships with those around us and in managing stress levels as we navigate through life’s challenges. As further counselled by James 3:9-10 – “With it (the tongue), we bless our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.” Let us strive then to speak from a place of respect that displays kindness – allowing us to build a strong foundation rooted in goodwill for others as well as a positive self-image.


The tongue has the power of life and death
It can bring joy and sorrow in one breath
It can offer words of encouragement and love
Or bring pain and hurt like a dove


The tongue has the power of life and death
It can start a war or bring peace at best
It can spread love or fuel hate
It can make us or break us in one fate


The tongue has the power of life and death
Its words can make us feel amazing or bereft
It can be used to mend a broken heart
Or tear it apart, right from the start


The tongue has the power of life and death
So use it wisely with every breath
Choose your words carefully, to give life and hope
And not to bring destruction, pain, and hurt, to cope.

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