Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
The old saying goes, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But, as you and I know, sometimes words can hurt as much as those sticks and stones. Words are hurtful and words can be, according to the writer of proverbs, powerful as well. They can be the difference between life and death. What does that mean? It means the power between eternal life and eternal destruction (cf. Matt. 7:13-14). Have you ever heard the saying, “I’m rubber and you are glue, your words bounce off me and stick to you.” While a bit childish, it’s sentiment is true. In the end, we will be held accountable for the words we have spoken to others, including the result of those words. Today, think about the eternal power of the spoken word, before you speak those words.