Proverbs 18:20-21 1 Corinthians 8:1b NIV 2011
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.
Wise men wrote Proverbs. Verse 20 is much like Proverbs 12:14, “From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things; and the work of their hands brings them reward.” Those who speak wisely reap a harvest with their mouths much like a farmer at the end of the harvest. God’s people wield much power with their words. James 3:6, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body.” Knowledge leads believers to false pride while love leads to the Light. God calls believers to use words of love.
“Sticks and stones will brake my bones but words will never hurt me.” That was a favorite retort when a sibling would taunt me for any reason. Inside, the words they said actually did hurt but we were just kids. My girls said I didn’t have to use words because my eyebrows spoke volumes. God’s True Word is consistent; we can build up or tear down others with our words. God’s Word reminds me daily, I’m called to use words of love.
What kind and life-giving words will we use today?