Life-Giving Thoughts

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Our tongue is the verbal expression of our thoughts.


David wisely prayed in Psalm 141:3-4. It says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”


The book of Proverbs has many things to say about the connection of our heart and lips. Proverbs 19:1 says, “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.”

Here is one we ought to incorporate into our lives. Proverbs 31:26 says, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.”


Words that give life come from a heart-reservoir filled with God’s living word. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Proverbs 10:21 says, “The lips of the righteous feed many…” Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”


I used to have a saying in my kitchen. It was about two flies. They were sitting on the handle of a knife that had shards of bologna on it. They got into an argument. One flew off. The caption: don’t fly off the handle when you are full of bologna.

Life-giving words are the opposite of words that are derogatory, caustic, negative, or spoken in anger or rage. They impart truth that comes from a heart filled with truth. Whatever we feed on in our thoughts, that is what will come out of our mouth.

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