“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”- Proverbs 18:21

          In the beginning God created the universe simply by speaking it into existence. He has the power to speak life to anything, and it will live. The book of Genesis tells us that God created us in His image, so it is not a surprise that the wise man of Proverbs said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” God created us with unique abilities that, until then, only He possessed; the ability to build up and destroy simply with our words.

          Have you ever stopped and meditated on the power of your words? With our words we can encourage people to achieve great things, or we can make people feel small and insignificant. With the simple inflections in our speech we can cause fear or joy. Our words can arouse warm feelings of love, or they can incite anger and rage. Our words, and how we say them, matter.

          Job’s friends didn’t understand how to speak life to him. Instead, they were too busy trying to point out errors he may have made. I don’t want to be that type of Christian. People who are hurting don’t want to be told all the things they are doing wrong. They want to know how to get better. They don’t need us to tell them how terrible they are. But rather we should speak life by telling them that tomorrow can be better than today. It is raining today, but tomorrow the sun will come out. My friend, weeping endureth for the night, but joy is coming in the morning.

          Lord, help me to be a person who is always looking to speak life to someone else. I want to be an encourager, not a discourager. Help me to speak faith. Help me to speak with words of love and peace, choosing my words carefully, that others may feel loved and accepted in spite of correction. Help me to have words that are saturated with mercy and love so that all the people I meet would be strengthened and not weakened. Lord, help me to use my words to speak life.

          Anthony Yanney