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Words Have Power. Choose To Speak Life Over Death.

Out of the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks, when you think about that statement what does it mean to you.  More than anything, I believe that it shows that there is power in the tongue and there is power in your words, and with that knowledge you can speak life or you can speak death into your situation.

Take these two verses:

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good, and the evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil, for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45


“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21

These are two different verses that say the same thing.  That you words have power and what you speak represents who you are. So often we complain and then we develop a negative attitude and from that negative attitude, you start saying negative things out of your mouth.    And with negative talk comes negative consequences, so the only person that you are affecting is yourself.

When reading the verse above it clearly states that the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  Therefore, if negativity is coming out of your mouth, then what does that say about your heart? And if your heart is negative, then what does that say about you as a person?

Just stop to reflect on where negativity starts.  When things start to get bad, we first start to think of how bad things are, then we start to complain about how bad things are, and then before we know it, complaining is all that we do and soon this is what consumes us.  Have you ever just encountered a person and everything that came out of their mouth was just so negative.  They did not just get like that in one day.  It started from within. Words have power.  And what starts from within must come out, and when it comes out it comes out of the mouth! And when negative talk comes out of your mouth you are speaking death into your own situation.

Every time you open your mouth and say that you can’t do something, or something is hard, or when you complain, or when anything comes out of your mouth that is negative talk, you are speaking DEATH.  You can be speaking death against your own progress, just by simply saying you CAN’T do something.  You can be speaking DEATH to your destiny, with the power of your words.

Now you may asked, what speaking life to a situation may look like?  Speaking life to your situation means getting up every day and thanking God for your future, even though you have not seen it yet.  It means that you understand there is power in the tongue.  Instead of saying everything that comes to your mouth, you think before you speak and chose to say something positive over saying something negative. Watching your words and speaking words of encouragement into yourself and other people is how you speak life.  Doing as if things they were, even though you have not  gotten there yet is how you speak life.  Transforming your heart, so that your mouth cannot even fathom negative talk, is how you speak life.  Speaking life means transforming your heart so that nothing but positive words come out of your mouth.  And please believe, this is not an easy process, you are going to have to train yourself to stop being negative, bridle your tongue, and train your mouth.   But once you have mastered this skill, then what is impossible to you?!

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21

If we know that power of the the tongue can bring death and you reap the consequences of that, imagine if you were to speak life how much consequence you can reap.  Not just speaking life into yourself and your situation but speaking life into others.  If you see your fellow sister or brother down, give them encouragement.  Speak life into them! Do not let your friend, family member, brother, or sister have a negative attitude around you.  Do not let them die!

Even if they are sitting around complaining and speaking death into themselves, as their friend, co-worker, associate, or person just passing by,  speak life into them! It can make a world of a difference to them and for you.  For “of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” so if your heart is good, you should speak good.  And if you are a type of person that engages in negative talk, then I am sorry to say but your heart is corrupt.

So be slow to speak, quick to listen, and slow to anger.  Think before you speak and do away with the negative talk and negative attitude. Words have power, think about what you’re saying.  Think about whether what you are saying is adding value to the conversation or taking away. Think about whether your words are speaking life to a situation or death.  If the answer is the latter, then it is best to not say anything at all.  I challenge everyone to examine your own heart and mouth.  Think about the things that you say and have said.  Purge yourself of complaining, negativity, and anything that comes out of your mouth that is negative and just speak life.





About Sophia Reed (295 Articles)
I am a single mother of one, Christian, and Lover of Life. I have a Master's degree in marriage and family therapy, I am a National Certified Counselor, and I am currently a PhD candidate in Human Behavior. I love motivating others and encouraging all women to be beautiful from the inside and out. To get in contact with me, you can email me at

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