We really need to be careful with what we say, and watch what comes out of our mouths. Really, we do. God created the universe, the Earth, the planets, the sun, plants and animals, and human beings with His words. Read Genesis chapter 1. He spoke everything into being.
Since we are created in His image, we too have the power to speak things into being.
Eve was deceived in the Garden of Eden because the serpent spoke to her that the fruit was good for her. He caused Eve to question God by telling Eve, “Did God really say…?” Eve believed Satan’s words, rather than God’s words.
The tree of knowledge of good and evil in Genesis was a fig tree (not an apple tree, like is commonly shown in popular depictions). A prophetic pattern in scripture is when Jesus cursed the fig tree, causing it not to bear any fruit. The reason why Jesus cursed that specific type of tree was because He was cursing the seed from the same type of tree that had a seed in the fruit which caused Adam and Eve to fall!
By Jesus’s own words, a tree withered and died. Did you know that plants can hear? Yes, they can. Plants don’t have ears. However, experiments have been done to show how when one person’s positive words of life are spoken over a plant, it will grow and thrive. Similarly, when negative words of death are spoken to a plant, it can wither up and die. This is an amazing part of God’s creation.
The words we say to people can cause either life or death. When a judge speaks words of condemnation to a prisoner and sentences them to death, then those words enact a specific fate over that person. When someone says “I do” at a wedding ceremony, those words bind them to their spouse.
When Jesus spoke to people who were in bondage, they were healed. People can self-curse themselves by the words they speak over their own life. At the same time, people can pronounce blessings over themselves and others. This is how they are able to thrive.
People can destroy love when they speak words of death over someone. In relationships and marriages, words can either grow love or words can kill love. We have the choice as to how we will speak to people.
There are times we need to be firm and tell a hard truth that someone needs to hear. Yes, we do need to do that. However, there are times when people can say things that cross a line and they will speak toxic and deathly words that can be so destructive. We must watch what comes out of our mouths.
Jesus says in Matthew 12:34, “You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Proverbs 10:11 says, “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”
In Luke 6:45, Jesus says, “The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.”
Proverbs 21:23 says “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.”
Here is a powerful passage from the Book of James, chapter 3, verses 1-12:
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Remember, we must be careful with what we say and with what comes out of our mouths. People remember things, and we must speak words of life, words from Scripture, and words that will encourage people in their walk of life as they life for our Savior.